Former Lipman manager arrested on theft charge

Operations exec joined distributor last year

A former executive at local liquor distributors Lipman Brothers was arrested last week for stealing more than $10,000 from the company. And it wasn’t his first brush with grand theft.

William Knox, 40, was booked into jail last Wednesday after a Davidson County Grand Jury indicted him on a single charge of theft between $10,000 and $60,000 in March.

Metro Nashville Police Department officers ran a National Crime Information Center search and also discovered an outstanding warrant for grand theft from Santa Rosa County, Fla. near Pensacola.

Knox is listed on Lipman Brothers’ “executive team” website as operations manager in charge of warehouse and distribution duties. He joined Lipman in April of last year, according to his LinkedIn page.

The grand jury indictment claims the theft occurred between April 11, 2011, and Nov. 15, 2011. It also lists a representative from Norred & Associates, a corporate security and investigative firm, as a witness in the case. Lipman Brothers COO Robert Thibus and Treasurer Ken Howell also are listed as witnesses.

Knox is currently behind bars at the Hill Detention Center. He had a court date scheduled for this morning in Nashville. The warrant indicates that Florida will extradite Knox.

Lipman Brothers representatives had no comment as of mid-day Tuesday.