New charges filed against former Rogersville water superintendent

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A second investigation by the Tennessee Comptroller’s Office has resulted in new charges filed against a former Rogersville Water Department superintendent and school board contractor. 

Earlier this week, a Hawkins County grand jury indicted Shawn Hatchett on one count of theft over $60,000, one count of forgery, and 55 counts of violating the Water Pollution Control Act. 

According to state investigators, Hatchett was contracted by the Hawkins County Board of Education and fraudulently received $64,800 in fees between April 8, 2011 and December 12, 2017.

They say he failed to perform the work he was paid to do. 

Hatchett was supposed to perform wastewater treatment tests at various Hawkins County schools. He documented that he performed the tests at Rogersville’s sewer treatment plant. But employees at the plant told investigators that water samples from the schools had not been tested at the facility. 

Investigators also say there were no logs, notes, or records documenting that Hatchett had used the laboratory to perform the tests. 

This comes after a previous investigation which led to theft and official misconduct charges.

The water department suspended Hatchett with pay on July 18, 2017. He later fired in August of that year. 

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