A former Knoxville Police Department officer has been indicted after an investigation revealed he submitted false overtime reports totaling more than $8,000, the Tennessee Comptroller’s Office said in a press release.
The Tennessee Comptroller’s Office and Tennessee Bureau of Investigation started looking into Joshua Robert Smith’s actions when KPD identified questionable overtime requests.
The investigation revealed that Smith was paid at least $8,473 for hours he didn’t work, the release said.
The agencies say Smith submitted overtime requests 98 times for a total of 272 from February 2017 to February 2019. Smith said that he requested overtime for hours he didn’t work to help pay medical bills.
The release also says Smith drove a marked police vehicle to work a second job not related to KPD, which violates the department’s policies.
Smith resigned from the KPD on May 30, 2019. He was indicted by the Knox County Grand Jury on one count of theft over $2,500, one count forgery and one count of official misconduct in August 2020.