A former Grainger High School bookkeeper has been indicted for stealing tens of thousands of dollars from the school, the Tennessee Comptroller’s Office announced Wednesday.
Valerie Anne Combs allegedly stole at least $35,397 through various misappropriation methods during her six and a half year tenure. In her position, Combs was responsible for overseeing and recording money transactions. She resigned on Feb. 28, 2018.
The Grainger County Grand Jury indicted Combs on one count of theft over $10,000 in July.
TCO investigators reported that Combs stole funds using a “check-swap scheme.” She essentially “cashed” checks that were written to the school from other school collections and kept the money for personal use, according to investigators.
The release states that Combs left a trail of altered records and receipts to hide her mishandling of the school’s cash. She also allegedly used the school purchasing card for a $643 shopping spree that included wine, a kitchen blender and food.
Investigators are questioning more than $7,000 of other grocery purchases. The expenses have not been tied to Combs.