Former chamber of commerce director charged in TBI theft case

Staff Reports • Dec 17, 2015 at 6:22 PM

KNOXVILLE – A Tennessee Bureau of Investigation inquiry into the misuse of a credit card led to a felony charge for the former leader of the Fentress County Chamber of Commerce.

At the request of District Attorney General Lori Phillips-Jones, TBI agents began an investigation on Walter A. Page Jr. on March 14.

Special agents determined Page, as executive director, apparently misused his chamber of commerce-issued credit card to make personal purchases dating back to 2012. The chamber has since fired Page.

The investigation further revealed the Clarkrange man used the card to buy a washing machine for his home, jewelry for his wife, Christmas decorations and gifts, wine, online movie accounts and several other personal items.

On Thursday, a Fentress County grand jury returned an indictment for Page, charging him with one count of theft of more than $1,000.

Page turned himself in Monday morning at the Fentress County Jail, where he remained on a $2,500 bond.

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