Stafford Pleads Guilty

The Tennessee Comptroller’s Office, working in conjunction with the Tennessee Department of Revenue, has completed an investigation resulting in the guilty plea of former Jackson County Clerk Amanda Stafford.

Auditors and investigators with the Comptroller’s office determined that Stafford stole at least $25,643 between May 2018 and December 2019. The theft was first discovered when Comptroller financial auditors performed a surprise cash count at the clerk’s office on Oct. 22, 2018.

The investigation revealed that Stafford stole most of the money ($14,328) by keeping cash that was collected by the clerk’s office from Jackson Countians. The money should have been deposited in the office’s bank account, but Stafford used the money to pay personal expenses.

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