The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation reassigned an 18-year veteran agent from Rutherford County for violating agency policies in connection with Sharp Training and Consulting, a company tied up in a state and federal probe.
TBI Agent Jason Wilkerson was disciplined following an Internal Affairs investigation into his participation in teaching a law enforcement training class held by SharpTAC in April 2014 and receiving payment, the TBI confirmed today. Wilkerson started with TBI in January 1997 and had been stationed in Rutherford County since October 2001.
"The review determined Wilkerson violated TBI policy and as a result, the Bureau disciplined the agent and transferred him to another division within the agency," TBI spokesman Josh DeVine said today in response to questions from The Post.
The investigation into Wilkerson stems from an "unsolicited" $50 payment he received from Bill Sharp, owner of SharpTAC and detectives commander at the sheriff's office, according to a statement from DeVine.
Wilkerson previously informed Sharp he did not request or require payment for leading the training class, and after he received the check in the mail he donated all of the money to the Child Advocacy Center, according to DeVine.
The agent later reported the incident to his supervisor, leading to the Internal Affairs investigation and his ultimate transfer for violating three TBI policies dealing with secondary employment, conflict of interest and disciplinary action, according to DeVine.