BY KEN LITTLE
Money stolen from the Greene County Farmers Mutual Fire Insurance Co. in an alleged check-cashing scheme could total nearly $600,000, Greeneville police Detective Lt. David Crum said this week.
Only eight of about 25 defendants in the case had been taken into custody as of Wednesday night. Authorities are actively looking for others, Crum said.
Indictments against those allegedly involved were handed up last week by a Greene County Grand Jury following an investigation that began in December 2012.
On Dec. 18, 2012, Greeneville police "were notified of a theft believed to be approximately $580,000," Crum said.
Among those named in sealed indictments returned on Nov. 18 were former company bookkeeper Patty Good, her daughter Shellcie Good, "and numerous other individuals," Crum said.
"The investigation is continuing with possible additional indictments," Crum said.
The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation is assisting in the investigation.
Patty Jo Cogdill-Good, 45, of 450 Clear Creek Road, Chuckey, was indicted on a charge of theft of property valued at more than $60,000. She was arrested Tuesday on a capias presentment, according to documents.
Bond was set at $100,000. She is free on bond.
Shellcie Good, 23, of the Chuckey address, is also charged with theft over $60,000. She was arrested Nov. 20, authorities said.
Patty Good, is the daughter-in-law of Willie Good, retired secretary/treasurer of the Greene County Farmers Mutual Fire Insurance Co.
Willie Good, a longtime former Greene County commissioner, is not charged in connection with the scheme and is not involved in the investigation, authorities said.
Patty Good's indictment alleges that, between March and December 2012, she committed theft of property over $60,000 "by being a party principal, by knowingly taking, or exercising control over, money belonging to the Greene County Farmers Mutual Fire Insurance Company" without the owners' consent.
Another defendant arrested this week and charged in connection with the case is James David Carlyle, 52.
Carlyle was indicted on a charge of theft of property valued over $10,000. He was taken into custody Tuesday on a capias presentment.
Bond for Carlyle was set at $30,000. He is free on bond.
Cecil Mills Jr., assistant district attorney general, said this week that one or more defendants prepared checks that were received by others who were not customers or associated with the company.
Those individuals then cashed the checks at local banks, Mills said.
Most, if not all, of the defendants in the case are from Greene County, Mills said.
Telephone messages this week to the company's Greeneville office at 110 S. Main St. were not immediately returned.