Director of a Foodbank in Middle Tennessee Charged with Theft of Property over $250,000, Money Laundering, and Patronizing Prostitution

Jun 10, 2023 at 01:05 pm by WGNS News

Suspect Photo of James Gill Released by TBI

More and more investigations into non-profits throughout Middle Tennessee seem to be transpiring. This past week, WGNS reported a story out of Bedford County involving the director of an organization who was accused of financial exploitation of the elderly. Now, a story out of Sumner County shows the director of a food bank is facing multiple charges to include Theft of Property over $250,000.


The investigation by special agents with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, the Sumner County Sheriff’s Office, and the Gallatin Police Department has resulted in the indictment of an 81-year-old Bethpage man accused of stealing thousands from the food bank where he worked. 

In May of 2022, at the request of 18th Judicial District Attorney General Ray Whitley, TBI agents began investigating allegations of theft involving the former director of the Sumner County Food Bank. During the investigation, authorities determined that James Gill (DOB: 6/1/42), who was employed as the director of the Sumner County Food Bank, allegedly used the organization’s money to make personal purchases. He is also accused of writing checks to himself and others. Evidently, the TBI also reported their investigation shows that the suspect used money from the food bank’s account to transfer to other accounts under a different non-profit name. Further investigation revealed that Gill allegedly paid a food bank volunteer for sex acts. 

On June 8th, the Sumner County Grand Jury returned indictments charging James Gill with one count of Theft of Property over $250,000, one count of Money Laundering, and one count of Patronizing Prostitution. On Friday evening, he was arrested and booked into the Sumner County Jail on a $75,000 bond.

Source: TBI

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