DECATURVILLE, Tenn. — Eight former Decatur County employees have been indicted on theft and forgery charges after a state audit.

News outlets reported Wednesday the ex-employees were charged after a state Treasury Comptroller audit that’s expected to be released soon. It found inconsistent records including unauthorized compensation to several individuals.

Some of those indicted are county Mayor Michael Smith; administrative assistants Martha Graves and the then-county mayor’s wife Doris Smith; Sheriff’s chief deputy William Scott Cagle; and jail administrator Pamela Brasher. Local news media report they posted bond after being arrested Tuesday.

WTVF-TV reports that Smith is accused of paying himself more than $15,000 between 2011 and 2014 to cover his health insurance despite never enrolling for the county’s plan.

The Jackson Sun reports they’ll be arraigned in County Circuit Court next week.

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