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Two men accused of stealing from Tipton County Public Works while employed at the landfill have been cleared of theft charges.
In March 2013, James "JL" Latham and William Holland were indicted on charges they stole scrap metal from the landfill and sold it for personal gain.
The charges followed an investigation by the Tipton County Sheriff's Office and the district attorney general's office.
The county's audit report also mentioned the thefts, with auditor Keith Rice reporting he'd received allegations that employees were removing scrap metal from the landfill and selling it to a scrap yard.
The men were charged with theft under $10,000.
The public works department actually sells scrap metal it receives at the landfill. It is used as revenue for the county and brought in $150,000 in 2012. Since the thefts were reported, the department has installed surveillance cameras.

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