Former Chip Hale Center director pays restitution

Jeff Bobo • Oct 28, 2007 at 12:00 AM

ROGERSVILLE — The former director of the Chip Hale Center who pleaded guilty in 2004 to theft over $60,000 from his employer has paid all of his court-ordered restitution.

Anthony Lee “Tony” Cradic, 43, was scheduled to appear in Hawkins County Circuit Court on Friday for a show-cause hearing to explain why he had allegedly missed several of his $300 monthly restitution payments.

Cradic was excused from his hearing Friday, however, after Circuit Court Clerk Holly Jaynes announced to the court that Cradic had paid the balance of his $10,000 court-ordered restitution earlier in the week.

In October 2004, Cradic accepted a plea agreement that included eight years in prison and paying $10,000 in restitution, although the prison time was suspended as part of an alternative sentencing deal. He pleaded guilty to theft over $60,000 as a result of the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation alleging that he’d embezzled more than $165,000 from the Chip Hale Center between 1998 and 2003.

The Chip Hale Center, which is based in Rogersville, provides home care and other services to handicapped persons.

The TBI investigation determined that Cradic made a large number of questionable withdrawals from Chip Hale Center accounts between 1998 and the end of 2003.

The TBI investigation also revealed that Cradic had access to the bank account of a Chip Hale Center client and used that account in an attempt to hide, or “launder,” the stolen funds.

Cradic is a longtime commentator for radio broadcasts of the Volunteer High School Falcons football games on WMCH 1260 AM.

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