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NE Tennessee cemetery manager charged with forgery as probe into fraud complaints continues

Jeff Bobo, NET News Service • Jan 24, 2014 at 11:05 AM

ROGERSVILLE — Hawkins County Memorial Gardens manager Vickie Ringley was arrested Thursday afternoon on a lone count of felony forgery, but police say that may be just the tip of the iceberg.

Over the past several months more than 20 people had filed complaints against Ringley with the Hawkins County Sheriff’s Office claiming she took money — in some cases thousands of dollars — for services such as buying and placing grave stones which hadn’t been performed.

The HCSO stated publicly that an investigation was conducted on the complaints and criminal charges weren’t possible based in the evidence.

On Thursday, HCSO Detective Ken Sturgill admitted that was a ruse, intended to lead Ringley to believe the investigation against her was completed and she’d dodged a bullet.

More on the case is available from our partners at the Kingsport Times-News.

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