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Former Tennessee Non-Profit Executive Director Sentenced for Theft of Public Funds

On March 9, 2023, the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee sentenced Diana Threadgill to 12 months of probation, a $5,000 fine, $846 in restitution, and a $25 special assessment in connection with a multi-year grant fraud scheme. Threadgill was the former Executive Director of the Mississippi River Corridor Tennessee (MRCT), a non-profit organization which was previously based in Memphis, Tennessee. In July 2022, Threadgill pleaded guilty to theft of Government funds. Threadgill sought and received funding from the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) in the name of MRCT, despite knowing the MRCT Board of Directors had voted to dissolve the organization.
DOT-OIG conducted this investigation with TVA-OIG and the Tennessee Comptroller of the Treasury.