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NE Tennessee mayor indicted, accused of $394K embezzlement from grandmother

JEFF BOBO, Kingsport Times News • Feb 11, 2020 at 8:57 AM

ROGERSVILLE — Theft allegations against Mount Carmel Mayor Chris Jones, which resulted in a $571,000 judgment ruling against him in Hawkins County Chancery Court last year, are now going to be heard in Hawkins County Criminal Court.

On Monday, Jones was served with a sealed Hawkins County grand jury indictment warrant charging him with theft over $250,000 stemming from allegations that Jones embezzled almost $394,000 from his grandmother’s estate in the final year of her life. His grandmother passed away in 2016.

Third Judicial District Attorney General Dan Armstrong told the Times News on Monday that Jones' arrest stemmed from a yearlong Tennessee Bureau of Investigation probe. Our partners at the Kingsport Times News have more.

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