West TN mayor charged with using town debit, credit cards for himself

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee mayor has been charged with using his town’s debit and credit cards to buy meals, medication and a laptop for himself.

Henning Mayor Debit Copy

Baris Douglas is the mayor of the small West Tennessee town of Henning.

The state comptroller’s office said Wednesday that Douglas has been indicted on charges of theft and official misconduct.

Investigators said Douglas used the town’s debit and Walmart credit cards to make at least $2,200 worth of personal purchases.

Investigators also identified $4,150 in “questionable transactions,” including travel expenses, meals, lawn fertilizer and printer ink.

Douglas didn’t immediately return a call from The Associated Press seeking comment.

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