Dept. of Safety and Homeland Security contractor charged with stealing state laptops

Monday, May 21, 2012 at 5:45pm
Staff reports

A state contracted employee with the Department of Safety and Homeland Security was arrested Saturday on felony theft charges.

A joint investigation involving the Tennessee Highway Patrol and the FBI found that Edward Lee Covington, 38, allegedly sold two laptops to an undercover agent at a McDonald's restaurant in Nashville. The laptops were confirmed as state of Tennessee property.

A department spokeswoman said that since the equipment is part of the evidence she would not get into specifics regarding what information was on the laptops, but based on the investigation, authorities don't believe there was any sensitive information on the laptops.

Authorities found a third laptop, which they believe Covington may also have sold, but whether or not it too was state property has not been confirmed at this time.

He was arrested at approximately 11 a.m. on Saturday. Covington was charged with theft of property more than $1,000 and booked into a Davidson County jail.

Covington served as a contracted employee with the state since June 2011.