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Mayor of Hawkins County town accused of $300,000 theft

An investigation by Special Agents with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation and the 3rd District Attorney General’s Office has resulted in the indictment of a Mount Carmel man accused of stealing more than a quarter of a million dollars from his grandmother.

In August 2019, at the request of 3rd District Attorney General Dan Armstrong, TBI Special Agents began investigating allegations of theft against Christopher Scott Jones, who is currently serving as the mayor of Mount Carmel. During the course of the investigation, Agents developed information that between November 2014 and January 2016, Jones (DOB 05/07/71) stole more than $300,000 from his grandmother and her estate by writing checks from her account to himself for false reimbursements.

Last week, the Hawkins County Grand Jury returned an indictment charging Jones with one count of Theft over $250,000. Today, he was arrested and booked into the Hawkins County Jail on a $300,000 bond.