Former Metro Nashville Police sergeant indicted for theft over $100,000

James Dunaway-PHOTO: Metro Nashville Police

NASHVILLE, Tenn.--A former Metro Nashville Police Department sergeant has been accused of stealing over $100,000.

According to the U.S. Attorney's Office for Middle Tennessee, James Dunaway has been indicted on two counts of theft from federal program funds and two counts of money laundering.

The 43-year-old was arrested on Friday after surrendering to U.S. Marshals.

According to the indictment, Dunaway was a sergeant for the Specialized Investigation Division-Narcotics Unit which monitored and executed search warrants. Between November 18, 2015 and November 16, 2017 Dunaway is accused of stealing portions of cash while executing five search warrants.

All five search warrants took place in Nashville, with a total of $852,000 being seized. Dunaway was ultimately captured after a sting was set up on November 15, 2017. The MNPD Office of Professional Accountability placed video cameras in a hotel room while $28,000 in cash and marijuana were present.

During the sting, Dunaway was recorded placing over $5,800 in his pockets. The indictment states earlier in the year, Dunaway made multiple cash deposits and purchased a 2014 Toyota Sequoia. In total, he is accused of embezzling $105,910 for his own use.

The investigation into Dunaway was originally launched after a fellow officer reported seeing Dunaway pocket cash during a September 2017 search warrant execution. Dunaway was a 16 year veteran of the department at the time of his arrest.

Dunaway faces up to 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine for each count.

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