Former Knox Trustee Battles Felony Theft Charges

Hours after former Knox County Trustee Mike Lowe was arraigned Monday on felony theft charges, his attorney went on the attack, reports the News Sentinel. He asked a court to toss the case because the state tarried too long and crucial records are missing as a result.
Defense attorney Gregory P. Isaacs on Monday afternoon filed a motion seeking dismissal of the charges upon which Lowe was arraigned that morning at a brief hearing before Knox County Criminal Court Judge Steve Sword.
Lowe is accused in two indictments of felony theft. In one, he is charged along with former employee Ray Mubarak of making fraudulent payments totaling more than $60,000 to Mubarak and Mubarak’s title-search company, Tennessee Residential Services. In the other, he is accused of making fraudulent payments also totaling more than $60,000 to former employees Delbert Morgan and John Haun. The various charges date as far back as 2004.
All four men appeared before Sword for arraignment Monday. Lowe and Mubarak, who is represented by attorneys Tom Dillard and Stephen Ross Johnson, entered not guilty pleas. Sword set a Dec. 3 trial date. Attorneys Jeffrey Z. Daniel and John Valliant reserved entry of pleas on behalf of Morgan and Haun, respectively. Sword set a July 13 status conference in all four cases. A fifth defendant, Rhonda Jan Thomas, faces a Friday arraignment in a related case.
Isaacs argues in his motion the Knox County District Attorney’s Office knew or should have known about the theft allegations as far back as June 2007 when an audit by Rodefer Moss made findings Isaacs contends are a mirror image of the conclusions reported by a special grand jury last month after an 18-month review

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