Thomas Tansil Jr. of Greenfield, an assistant district attorney for the 24th Judicial District, has been indicted by a Carroll County grand jury after a state investigation showed he had falsely claimed salary and travel payments during a span of about 2-1/2 years.
An investigation by the Tennessee comptroller’s office led to the indictment.
The 24th Judicial District includes Henry, Carroll, Benton, Decatur and Hardin counties.
Investigators determined that Tansil wrongfully obtained $22,740.36 in state salary and travel expense reimbursements between Aug. 1, 2017 and Jan. 31, 2020. These payments are explained in detail below:
• Tansil was paid for 22 days of military leave when he was not on military orders or on drill status with the Navy. He was paid $7,235.93 for these 22 days.
• Tansil was paid $5,453.99 for 16 days of military leave after he had already used the number of days permitted by state policy each year. Tansil should have used leave without pay for these days.
• Tansil took at least 141 hours of annual leave and sick leave that he did not have. Tansil had already exhausted his available leave when he was paid $6,333.15 for these hours.
• Tansil falsified travel claims totaling $3,717.29. Tansil admitted that he was not always traveling when he claimed to be. He was also paid for travel when he was on leave.
Additionally, investigators are questioning $135,874.55 in salary and travel reimbursements paid to Tansil, who admitted that he did not work 25% of the time he claimed to work between July 1, 2018 and Jan. 31, 2020. Investigators have questioned all of Tansil’s salary and travel reimbursements that could not be substantiated through documentation or interviews.
Tansil was indicted last week in Carroll County for one count of theft over $10,000, one count of official misconduct, one count of tampering with governmental records, and one count of computer offenses.
Stephen Crump, district attorney general for the 10th Judicial District, has been appointed to prosecute this case.
“We appreciate the District Attorney General of the 24th Judicial District (Matt Stowe) for notifying our Office of the irregularities that launched this investigation,” said Comptroller Justin P. Wilson. “We also encourage his office to closely monitor the attendance and travel documentation of employees. Employees should also be required to submit valid military orders when they are paid military leave.”
In addition to his job as an assistant prosecutor, Tansil is a city alderman in Greenfield.