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TBI: Two former Fentress Co. deputies indicted after one sells department AR-15 and other uses county funds for fuel

A former Fentress County Sheriff's Office deputy is charged with official misconduct after authorities say he sold his agency-issued AR-15 rifle for personal gain. The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation said a grand jury indicted Derek C. Richards, 42, last week. He turned himself in Thursday and was booked into the Fentress County Jail on a $1,000 bond.
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Former Tennessee deputy charged after selling department-issued AR-15

FENTRESS COUNTY, Tenn. (WKRN) — A former Fentress County deputy was indicted on a charge of official misconduct after selling his department-issued AR-15 while serving as a deputy for personal gain. According to the TBI, the investigation into 42-year-old Derek Cull Richards began in October 2020 after Fentress County Sheriff’s...
Fentress County, TNnewstalk941.com

Former Fentress County Deputy Indicted After Misuse Of County-Issued Card

The state comptrollers office wants Fentress County deputies to turn in receipts. That, after a former deputy allegedly more than $8,000 in personal gas charges. Director of Communications John Dunn said the investigation began last year after Fentress County officials reported questionable gas purchases. “Our investigators noted about $8,800 worth...
Fentress County, TNtbinewsroom.com

Former Deputy Indicted, Accused of Misconduct

FENTRESS COUNTY – An investigation by special agents with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation has resulted in the indictment of a former Fentress County deputy. In October 2020, at the request of 8th District Attorney General Jared Effler, TBI agents began investigating Derek Cull Richards (DOB 12/29/78) after the Fentress County Sheriff’s Department discovered possible misconduct. During the course of the investigation, agents determined that Richards, while serving as a deputy, sold his agency issued AR-15 rifle for personal gain. Investigators were able to track down and recover the weapon. Richards is no longer employed by the Fentress County Sheriff’s Department.
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