Lawrence County, TN sheriff, captain charged with official misconduct

Lawrence County, TN sheriff, captain charged with official misconduct
From the left, Jimmy Brown and Adam Brewer (Source: Tennessee Bureau of Investigation)

LAWRENCE COUNTY, TN (WAFF) - A joint investigation by special agents with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation and investigators with the Tennessee Comptroller of the Treasury has resulted in the indictments and arrests of Lawrence County Sheriff Jimmy Brown and Capt. Adam Brewer.

At the request of 22nd District Attorney General Brent Cooper, on May 8, 2017, TBI agents and investigators with the comptroller's office began investigating activities occurring at the Lawrence County Sheriff's Department, according to TBI. During the course of the investigation, agents reportedly developed information that from 2015 through 2017, Brown allegedly allowed inmates to be used for labor by various county employees at their personal residences or for personal business.

TBI states that further investigation revealed that Brown used his position as sheriff to circumvent the bond process for some arrested individuals, releasing them from jail without requiring them to pay for the secured bonds ordered by a judge.

The investigation also determined that Brewer allegedly falsified time sheets and misled investigators as to the accuracy of the reported hours worked at the department.

The Lawrence County grand jury returned indictments on Thursday charging Brown, 71, with two counts of official misconduct, one count of use of inmate labor for personal gain, and one count of tampering with evidence. Brewer, 40, is charged with one count of official misconduct.

Brown and Brewer were both arrested Thursday and booked into the Lawrence County Jail. Brown's bond was set at $25,000. Brewer's bond was $5,000.

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