MILLINGTON, TN – For the second day in a row on Thursday, July 28, 2011, TBI agents were in Millington executing search warrants in connection to a corruption investigation.
Vince Higgins, spokesperson for the Shelby County District Attorney’s office, confirmed the searches occurred, but would not disclose the locations.
One day earlier, July 27th, investigators with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation and the Shelby County District Attorney's Office raided several Millington city offices searching for evidence in a probe of official misconduct.
Search warrants were executed at the Mayor’s office, Public Works and Millington Police headquarters. In addition, investigators also went to Mayor Richard Hodges' home and a transmission shop looking for evidence.
“It is a criminal investigation that is widespread across Shelby County, but centered in Millington,” says Higgins. “No arrests have been made at this time, but it is a criminal investigation and charges could be forthcoming.”
abc24.com has confirmed that some of the documents taken from city offices had to do with a transmission shop on Easley Road. An addition was recently built at the “Transmission Doctors.”
The Millington city engineer tells abc24.com that building permits and other documents connected to that project were taken by investigators.
When an abc24.com reporter stopped by the transmission shop, employees said they would not comment.
The corruption investigation was triggered by a complaint to the district attorney's office in December 2010.
Higgins said he could offer no details about the focus of the investigation.