JACKSBORO (WATE) – Two Campbell County attorneys are charged with stealing money from his clients’ accounts in two separate cases.
Wesley Lynn Hatmaker, 50, is charged with one count of theft over $250,000; four counts of theft over $60,000; and two counts of theft over $10,000. Conrad Mark Troutman, 57, is charged with one count of theft over $250,000; two counts of theft over $60,000; and one count of theft over $10,000.
The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation began looking into complaints of theft against Hatmaker in December and developed information that from April 2009 to November 2015, Hatmaker stole more than $250,000 from the trust account for his clients. TBI says he never returned the money to the estates or victims and instead used it for his own personal use.
Hatmaker was arrested Wednesday and booked into the Campbell County Jail. He was released after posting $150,000 bond.
Meanwhile, TBI began investigating Troutman in January and learned that on several occasions between 2014 and 2016, he allegedly unlawfully spent money in a trust account for his clients without their knowledge. He says he then concealed the funds use by using additional client funds to replace previously used funds.
Troutman turned himself into the Campbell County Jail after being indicted by a grand jury. he was released after posting $50,000 bond.
Both attorneys’ law licenses have been suspended.