Audit finds assessor misused Putnam County funds

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COOKEVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Putnam County Property Assessor Travis Roberts is charged with theft and official misconduct after an audit concluded he used county funds for his personal benefit.

In its audit, the state Comptroller's Office accuses Roberts of charging $2,355 to the county credit card to buy at least eight computers and related accessories. Roberts told investigators that he then sold the computers for cash or traded them to pay off his personal debts.

Roberts also is accused of spending $754 on premium ink pens and mechanical pencils.

According to the comptroller's office, Roberts told investigators that he really liked nice ink pens and took pride in his penmanship, although he knew it was wrong to use county money to buy them.

No number was listed for Roberts in the phone directory.

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