Charity no longer faces uncertainty as investigation continues - WKRN News 2

Charity no longer faces uncertainty as investigation continues

Posted: Updated: Nov 1, 2013 02:06 AM CDT
GREENBRIER, Tenn. -

There's new hope for an area charity that distributes toys to needy kids over the holidays.

The future of Toys for Tots in Greenbrier, in Robertson County just north of Nashville, was facing uncertainty after authorities began investigating the charity's founder and city's mayor, Billy Eugene Wilson for stealing funds from the charity.

News 2 has learned that tens of thousands of dollars are involved.

As the investigation continues, local non-profit group, Greenridge Civitans, an organization that strives to help people with disabilities has stepped to take over the program this year.

The organization's president, Ann Mayes, said the group supports the mayor and the investigation against him is simply a misunderstanding.

"Mayor Wilson loves Toys for Tots and since there is an investigation and he can't do Toys for Tots Greenridge Civitans is going to continue with the program. We totally support Billy Wilson," Mayes said.

Mayor Wilson has not commented on the investigation.  He told News 2 his attorney has advised him not to speak with the media citing the ongoing investigation.

Wilson has been mayor in Greenbrier since 2004. He also serves as fire chief.

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