Lamar Alexander staffer resigns after identity theft arrest

A staffer with U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander’s Knoxville office has resigned after being charged with felony identity theft for allegedly withdrawing approximately $6,000 using a stolen bank debit card, according to an arrest warrant.

Jonathan Cox Griswold, 38, was charged Feb. 21 after being captured on a surveillance camera making multiple withdrawals from an ATM at Home Federal Bank, 5538 Kingston Pike, using the victim’s personal identification number and card, the warrant reads.

“Senator Alexander was disappointed to hear of Jonathan’s arrest and has accepted his resignation,” according to a statement Friday from Alexander’s chief of staff, David Cleary. “Based on the information we have today, the charges have nothing to do with his official duties.”

Griswold submitted his resignation Thursday.

Griswold, who worked as a field representative to the Republican senator, previously resigned in October 2013 from his post as constituent services manager for Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett. According to his personnel file, he drank alcohol on the job and drove a county vehicle, then lied about it when confronted.

In April 2013, Griswold also was connected to the disappearance of nine $100 bills left in an envelope on the mayor’s desk. The Knoxville Police Department began an investigation. A few days later, Griswold reported discovering $900 underneath the computer of Burchett’s executive assistant.

No one was charged in the case and Burchett called off the investigation.

Griswold previously worked as a legislative assistant for U.S. Rep. John J. Duncan Jr., R-Knoxville.

Griswold is set for an arraignment on the identity theft charge in Knox County General Sessions Court on April 13.

Source:http://www.knoxnews.com/story/news/crime/2017/04/07/lamar-alexander-staffer-charged-id-theft/100160366/