Former Tenn. police chief sentenced to federal prison for theft

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WOODBURY, Tenn. (WKRN) – The former police chief in Woodbury, Tennessee, was sentenced Monday to eight months in federal prison for theft.

Kevin Moonheyham, 47, was indicted in April and pleaded guilty in June to stealing federal program funds.

After he serves his time, Mooneyham must serve one year of supervised release and pay restitution in the amount of $42,171.29.

At the time of his plea hearing, the former chief admitted to submitting fraudulent timesheets for more than $28,000 in overtime hours that he did not in fact work.

The funds used to pay overtime were derived from federal grants for the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration through the Governor’s Highway Safety Office, specifically for the purpose of enhanced DUI enforcement efforts.

Mooneyham also admitted that he misrepresented to other officers of the Woodbury Police Department that federally-funded overtime was not available, despite the fact that he had been submitting and continued to submit timesheets for such overtime on his own behalf.

The case was investigated by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation.

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