KNOXVILLE (WATE) – Former Knox County Trustee Mike Lowe and three of his ex-employees were arraigned Monday morning on charges of felony theft.
A total of five were charged in Knox County Grand Jury presentments in April.
Lowe and Ray M. Mubarak are each charged with four counts of theft of property more than $60,000. Both men pleaded not guilty on Monday and received a December 3 trial date.
Two other ex-workers, Delbert Morgan and John Haun, will have a status conference on July 13 to determine whether they will stand trial or agree to a plea deal.
Another former employee, Rhonda Jan Thomas, will be arraigned Friday on two counts of felony theft over $10,000.
Trustee’s office sources say between 2007 and 2008, Knox County contracted with Tennessee Residential Services, which Mubarak owned, for title work on tax sale property. There was $392,500 total in billing to Tennessee Residential Services.
The charges follow an investigation by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, the state Comptroller’s Office and the Knox County District Attorney’s Office.