Ex-Knox County Trustee Mike Lowe pleads not guilty to felony theft

Mike Lowe in court

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.

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