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April 16, 2014

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At Least 20 Suspects Have Been Charged
In Farmers Mutual Embezzlement Case

Originally published: 2014-01-16 11:25:02
Last modified: 2014-01-16 11:30:28
 


BY KEN LITTLE

STAFF WRITER

At least 20 of the defendants in the alleged embezzlement of about $580,000 from Farmers Mutual Fire Insurance Co. have been charged in connection with the case, Greeneville police lead investigator Detective Lt. David Crum said this week.

About five have yet to be taken into custody, but authorities know the whereabouts of most susepects.

The case will move forward in upcoming weeks, Assistant District Attorney General Cecil Mills Jr. said. Defendants are scheduled to be arraigned on March 31.

CHECK-CASHING SCHEME

The money was taken from the company in 2012 in what investigators describe as a check-cashing scheme that included family members of a long-time company employee.

An investigation began in December 2012 by the Greeneville Police Department that also involved the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation. It culminated in November 2013 indictments.

Patty Jo Cogdill-Good, 45, of 450 Clear Creek Road, Chuckey, was indicted in November 2013 on a charge of theft of property valued at more than $60,000. Good, a former employee of the business, is free on $100,000 bond.

Her daughter, Shellcie Good, 23, of the Chuckey address, was also indicted on a charge of theft over $60,000.

Another defendant, 39-year-old Jeffrey Wayne Brobeck, of the 107 Cutoff, is charged with theft over $60,000 in connection with the case.

Patty Good is the daughter-in-law of Willie Good, retired secretary/treasurer of the Greene County Farmers Mutual Fire Insurance Co. Shellcie Good is his granddaughter.

Willie Good, a former Greene County commissioner who was associated with the company for many years, is not charged in connection with the scheme and is not involved in the investigation, Crum said.

WHEREABOUTS KNOWN

Investigators said that, of those still not formally charged for their alleged involvement in the scheme, two are currently in a drug rehabilitation facility, one is believed to be out of state, and another is in custody in a nearby county jail.

The investigation culminated in a series of indictments in November by a Greene County Grand Jury.

On Dec. 18, 2012, Roger Woolsey, lawyer for the Greene County Farmers Mutual Fire Insurance Co., contacted the Greeneville Police Department "based on financial status of the business," according to a narrative in a report by Crum.

"They found that numerous checks had been issued to various individuals that were not policyholders or did not have a claim against the company," the report said.

Following an internal investigation by the business to try to determine the extent of the theft, Woolsey, who is also Greene County attorney but represents Farmers Mutual in a private capacity, notified police on Dec. 20, 2012, that the loss "is approximately $580,000," the report said.

The business continues to check records to determine the extent of the loss, the report said.

'FINANCIALLY SOUND'

While recently acknowledging the amount allegedly stolen from Farmers Mutual "is a substantial loss," Woolsey stressed the company remains on a sound financial footing.

"The business is financially sound and has been for over 100 years. It's just an unfortunate situation," he said last month.

Patty Good worked for Farmers Mutual for a number of years.

"I'm sure it was disappointing to management and the board of directors when a former longtime employee is one of the key persons being charged with taking money from the company," Woolsey said.

Farmers Mutual hopes to recover the missing cash from defendants in the case, Woolsey said.

"Everybody's in good shape. The policies remain in effect," he said. "Nobody wants to accept this kind of loss."

DEFENDANTS CHARGED

Most of the defendants in the case are from Greene County. In addition to the Goods, those charged in connection with the case include:

* Brian Allen Boles, 26, theft over $10,000.

* Justin Wayne Brobeck, 26, theft over $10,000.

* Matthew Jason Berry, 28, theft over $10,000.

* Carla Sue Church, 30, theft over $1,000.

* Christine Gwen Galloway, 49, theft over $10,000.

* James David Carlyle, 53, theft over $10,000.

* Faith Ann Crum, 43, theft over $10,000.

* Tracy Marie Jackson, 30, theft over $1,000.

* Michael Dwayne Kelley, 51, theft over $10,000.

* Richard Allen Malone, 46, theft over $1,000.

* Samuel Mitchell, 31, theft over $10,000.

* Timothy Evan Drew Morrison, 29, theft over $1,000.

* Deana Renee Myers, 46, theft over $10,000.

* Tarron Craig Summey, 44, theft over $10,000.

* Amanda Lynn Vance, 25, theft over $1,000.

* Rodney Alonzo Vaught, 37, of Bear Paw Road, theft over $10,000.

 
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