RUTLEDGE – A former Grainger High School (GHS) bookkeeper has been sentenced on charges she embezzled funds from the school.
Valerie Ann Combs pled guilty to a charge of theft more than $10,000 and was sentenced in Grainger County Circuit Court Monday, April 24. She was sentenced to five years at TDOC with time suspended to supervised probation with the opportunity for judicial diversion left to the court at a later hearing.
Combs served as the bookkeeper at GHS from July 2011 through February 2018. She was responsible for receipting and recording all school collections and depositing them into the school’s bank account. She also prepared and signed school checks, recorded disbursements in the school’s financial record and reconciled bank statements. The Tennessee State Comptroller of the Treasury’s Office alleged Combs misappropriated school cash collections using three different schemes from August 2015 through February 2018, when her employment with the school system was terminated.
According to court records, Combs has paid restitution in the amount of $35,397 to Grainger County Schools.