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Former City of Gibson Employee Arrested For Theft

GIBSON, Tenn. – The former recorder for the City of Gibson was arrested Tuesday by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation after she was indicted by the Gibson County grand jury Monday.

Shawanda Taylor West, 41, of Medina,was indicted on one count of theft over $10,000, one count of forgery and one count of official misconduct.

While working as the city recorder during 2012, West is accused of stealing city funds from Gibson City Hall. In June of 2012, she was confronted by officers with the Gibson Police Department who found she had cash on her that she had taken from a cash drawer.

The 28th Judicial District Attorney General requested the TBI investigate along with the State of Tennessee Comptrollers Division of Municipal Audit. That investigation uncovered that West allegedly took cash payments from defendants who were paying traffic citations issued by the Gibson Police Department and dismissing the citations from city court records.

She is also accused of taking cash from the city of Gibson’s Water Department by altering the payment amount on checks to the water department and removing cash from the daily deposits. An audit revealed that more than $20,000 was taken.

West was booked into the Gibson County Jail on $50,000 bond.