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UPDATE: JULY 8, 2015: An investigation by the Tennessee's Comptroller's Office found former Morristown Police Sgt. Michael Hunt failed to promptly turn over at least $6,000 in cash he collected for the police department.

During an interview with investigators, Hurt turned over $5,500 in cash that he claimed he had been holding in his police vehicle for as long as 35 days. The remaining $500 was not in Hurt's vehicle.

In at least one instance, Hurt acknowledged that he "renegotiated" and reduced the cash settlement ordered by the Department of Safety from $5,000 down to $1,500.

Hurt also altered records, failed to record or receipt the majority of the cash, and made a false entry in police department records in an apparent attempt to conceal his activities.

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation assisted with the investigation.

ORIGINAL STORY: JULY 2, 2015: (WBIR - Morristown) A former Morristown Police detective is charged with theft and official misconduct.

The TBI began investigating Michael Nelson Hurt, 41, in February, at the request of the Morristown Police Department and 3rd District Attorney General Dan Armstrong.

Hurt was accused of receiving at least three payments on behalf of the department for seized vehicles, and not depositing the entire amount in the department's bank account.

Hurt resigned after the investigation began.

On Wednesday, a grand jury indicted Hurt on two counts of Theft over $1,000, one count of Theft under $500, and one count of Official Misconduct.

He turned himself into the Hamblen County jail, where he was booked and released on a $10,000 bond.


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