TBI investigating Millington police after money goes missing

My Fox Memphis – by Darrell Greene

MILLINGTON, Tenn. (FOX13) – More than $12,000 is cash is missing from a dead man’s belongings. The brother of that deceased man is pointing a finger at the police.

We obtained court records which indicate $19,962 was found in the home of Jimmy Wayne Smith. He was found dead due to natural causes in his Millington home on Brinkley Street on April 28.  

According to the police report obtained by FOX13, officers found Smith unresponsive after doing a wellness check because he had not been heard from in three days. They also found prescription medications in his name.

Those medications, along with the cash, were taken to the Millington Police Department’s “safekeepings” room.

We learned that Smith’s brother filed documents in Shelby County Probate Court to inherit the full amount of money. But he said when he went to claim the money, more than $12,000 was missing.

FOX13 spoke with that brother who filed the petition and the attorney who is representing the Smith family. Both declined on-camera interviews, saying this is a pending civil matter.

The TBI is currently investigating the Millington Police Department as a result of this case. FOX13 has learned up to five officers could be at the center of the investigation, and that one has already obtained an attorney.

Millington Police Chief Frank Tennant did not return calls today regarding the investigation.


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