Woodbury police chief accused of stealing grant funds

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WOODBURY, Tenn. (WKRN) – The Woodbury police chief was indicted earlier this week by a federal grand jury and now faces charges for stealing federal program funds and wire fraud.

Kevin Mooneyham was taken into custody by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation Friday morning.

Authorities say from 2013 to March 2015 Mooneyham was responsible for administering and overseeing overtime grants.

The grants were awarded exclusively for the purpose of alcohol enforcement and were used to pay overtime for officers working DUI checkpoints.

During that timeframe, Mooneyham fraudulently prepared and submitted false timesheets for overtime hours that he did not work.

The submission of the false timesheets resulted in Mooneyham being paid more than $25,000 to which he was not entitled.

If convicted, Mooneyham faces up to 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000 for theft of federal program funds and up to 20 years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000 for wire fraud.

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