Kerns Set To Plead Guilty To Embezzling Government Funds Meant For His Helpless Sister

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Federal authorities said a local man who has been using government funds designated for his helpless adult sister will plead guilty to embezzlement.

Authorities said William C. Kerns applied the funds toward a personal credit card starting at least as early as August 2006 and continuing until about December 2008.

Kerns was a fiduciary for the benefit of an incompetent beneficiary of funds administered by the Secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs due to their father being a veteran.

He "knowingly and fraudulently did use, embezzle and misappropriate property, that is, United States funds, such property coming into the defendant's control and under the color of such fiduciary's office and service, in the execution of defendant's fiduciary trust, in violation of Title 38 United States Code, Section 61 01," it was stated.

The stipend was from the Department of Veteran Affairs.

Kerns was appointed his sister's financial and legal guardian after the death of their mother in 1985. The benefits had been deposited in one account since 1999.

Authorities said Kerns never reported the veterans income to the state of Tennessee, causing the state to increase TennCare funds sent to the sister.

Officials of the special facility where the sister resides said they were not aware that she was getting veterans benefits.

Kerns used the funds "to maintain a personal credit card," it was stated.

It is agreed that he will receive probation, but he will be required to make restitution, it was stated.

Kerns is represented by attorney Bryan Hoss.

 



Latest Hamilton County Jail Booking Report

Here is the latest jail booking report from Hamilton County: AILEY, SLATON R  1130 DARTMOUTH ST CHATTANOOGA, 37405  Age at Arrest: 27 years old Arresting Agency: Chattanooga DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE --- ANDERSON, EDWARD ANTONIO  2507 CURTIS ST CHATTANOOGA, 37406  Age at Arrest: 25 years old Arresting Agency: Chattanooga DOMESTIC ASSAULT ... (click for more)

Man Charged With Vehicular Homicide Takes Off From Hospital

A man involved in a fatal wreck in which his passenger died was taken to a hospital, then absconded, the Tennessee Highway Patrol said.   The THP was dispatched to State Route 81 in Washington County, Tn., to a motor vehicle crash with injuries and possible fatality.  Officers arrived on the scene and found an unresponsive male subject lying outside of the vehicle ... (click for more)

October Is Breast Cancer Awareness Month: Myth And Fact Check

My husband and I recently had the privilege of participating in the American Cancer Society’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk in Chattanooga. I listened as my husband told the audience about how his mother was diagnosed with breast cancer when he was nine and how she died from the disease when he was fourteen. As a child, my husband didn’t understand what breast cancer ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: At Last! New Schools

In this me-me-me-only-me world of today, we-we-we-finally got a thrilling $125 million facility plan for the Hamilton County Department of Education on Thursday night. The School Board unanimously approved a well-thought-out “first Band-Aid” that will provide a new elementary school in Harrison, middle schools in East Hamilton and Howard, and a quite-satisfactory answer to move ... (click for more)

Cameron Runs Like The Wynn In Notre Dame Victory

The Notre Dame football team is on a roll right now. Maybe we should be a little bit more specific and say that Cameron Wynn is on a roll right now. After opening the season with a 42-21 loss to Baylor at Finley Stadium, the Fighting Irish have bounced right back to win eight games in a row, including Friday night’s 39-15 victory over Chattanooga Christian at Jim Eberle Field ... (click for more)

Lanters Are Latest Sister Acts Leading Lady Flames Teams

When one looks back on the success of the Lee University women’s soccer program over the past 16 years, it is easy to see what sisters have provided. Records show the surge began in 2001 and continues today with senior Summer and freshman Anna Lanter (former Soddy Daisy High School standouts) helping spark the Lady Flames to a current 8-4 overall mark and 7-2 in the rugged Gulf ... (click for more)