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Former ETSU tennis coach arraigned on theft, forgery

Johnson City Press • Updated Jan 22, 2018 at 6:22 PM

The former East Tennessee State University tennis coach, who led the men’s team to at least 10 conference titles, was arraigned Monday in a Washington County courtroom on charges of stealing money from the school.

Yasir Zaatini, who resigned from his position at the college in March 2017, faces charges of one count of theft over $10,000 and 22 counts of forgery. According to investigators, Zaatini misappropriated at least $45,540 from the college between September 2011 and February 2017 by fabricating or altering documents he submitted to its athletic department for reimbursement.

He was indicted on the charges after a Tennessee Comptroller’s investigation.

Zaatini was in court with his attorney, Don Spurrell. Assistant District Attorney Erin McArdle told Judge Lisa Rice that the discovery material in the case is lengthy, and it would take some time for the defense to review. Rice set the case for a hearing May 4.

Zaatini is free on bond while his case is pending.

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