Former Lawrence County commissioner turns himself in

Courtesy: Lawrence County sheriff's Department

LAWRENCE COUNTY, Tenn. (WKRN) – Former Lawrence County Commissioner Jeffrey Hughes has turned himself in following a Lawrence County Grand Jury’s decision to indict him Friday morning.

Hughes is accused of theft of over $250,000 from Lawrence County Fire and Rescue and theft of over $10,000 from Crosspoints Volunteer Fire Department and 136 counts of forgery.

The charges stem from a joint investigation by the Lawrence County Sheriff’s Department, the state Comptroller’s Office and investigators with the District Attorney’s Office.

Bail for Hughes has been set at $100,000 and can’t be posted unless the funds used to post bail are approved as being from a legitimate source, according to Brent Cooper, District Attorney General, 22nd Judicial District.

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