TVA Theft Investigation Ends With Guilty Plea
April 2, 2013
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. ― Tennessee Valley Authority Police investigators have recovered hundreds of items taken from work sites around the Ocoee dams in Polk County, Tenn.
A former TVA employee was arrested and charged in Polk County court with felony theft of property valued over $10,000. Michael Farner of Benton, Tenn., pleaded guilty to the charge and was sentenced on March 25. The judge placed him on probation for three years and ordered to pay more than $15,000 in restitution to TVA. Farner is no longer employed by TVA.
TVA investigators said Farner had more than 300 items belonging to TVA on his property including fencing, piping, wooden beams and tools. Most of the items were taken over a period of several months from work sites at Ocoee 1 and Ocoee 2 dams.
“The items we recovered are federal property,” said David Jolley, vice president for TVA Security and Emergency Management. “TVA will not tolerate theft on any level.”
The Tennessee Valley Authority is a corporate agency of the United States that provides electricity for business customers and local power distributors serving 9 million people in parts of seven southeastern states. TVA receives no taxpayer funding, deriving virtually all of its revenues from sales of electricity. In addition to operating and investing its revenues in its electric system, TVA provides flood control, navigation and land management for the Tennessee River system and assists local power companies and state and local governments with economic development and job creation.