Former Oak Ridge ETTP security officer charged with stealing gov’t funds

KNOXVILLE (WATE) – A former security officer who worked at the East Tennessee Technology Park in Oak Ridge has been indicted on three charges of theft of U.S. Government property and money laundering.

Sarah Parker, 52, was employed as a Security Protective Officer with Wackenhut Services Inc. at the ETTP facility. She is accused of converting $214,022.59 for her own personal use in the form of checks she came into possession of as a result of her employment.

The indictment also alleges she illegally spent the funds, including buying a vehicle for $39,608.97.

Parker appeared in court Thursday and pleaded not guilty. She was then released pending trial, which is set for Feb. 17, 2015.

If convicted, Parker faces a term of 10 years in prison for each county. She may also be required to forfeit any property traceable to the alleged crimes.

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