|On August 6, 2015 the City of Kingsport Water Department filed a report with the K.P.D. Criminal Investigations Division concerning suspicious transactions on a City of Kingsport procurement card account. The resultant investigation determined that between June and August 2015, a City of Kingsport employee, Deloris Denise “Sam” Thomason, made several unauthorized purchases using the procurement card at Wal-Mart, located at 2500 West Stone Drive in Kingsport.
Further inquiry revealed that Ms. Thomason had later returned some or all of the purchased items for cash refunds. The amount of unauthorized purchases totals at least $1,650; however, the investigation into the fraudulent charges is ongoing.
On August 10, 2015, Ms. Thomason was arrested, charged with Theft over $1,000 and Theft under $500, and transported to the Kingsport City Jail. During a routine search of her person in the jail, she was found to be in possession of seven yellow pills believed to be Hydrocodone. She was subsequently also charged with Possession of a Schedule III Drug and Introduction of Contraband into a Penal Facility. She remains confined in the Kingsport City Jail awaiting arraignment.