Ex-Wayne County chief deputy indicted on forgery, theft charges

Courtesy: Tennessee Bureau of Investigation

JACKSON, Tenn. (WKRN) – The former Wayne County chief deputy has been indicted for multiple theft and forgery charges.

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation began investigating fraud allegations against Gerald Baer in January 2015.

During the course of the investigation, agents developed information that Baer used a county gas card for personal use, in addition to using money from the department’s drug fund.

An audit revealed that between July 2008 through November 2013, Baer misappropriated approximately $7,700.

On Thursday, a Wayne County grand jury returned indictments charging Baer, 62, with two counts of theft over $1,000, 111 counts of forgery and one count of official misconduct.

Baer turned himself into on Friday and has since been released after posting a $75,000 bond.

Baer left his position with the sheriff’s department in May 2016.