Fraud charges against Tennessee sheriff dropped

January 12, 2018

CLEVELAND, Tenn. (AP) — A special prosecutor has dropped 12 felony title-fraud charges against a Tennessee sheriff.

News outlets report Bradley County Sheriff Eric Watson had been charged with having or using forged titles for six cars he bought in Florida and sold in Tennessee in 2016.

District Attorney Jimmy Dunn says in a press release that he dismissed the charges Thursday after seeing proof Watson paid local taxes on the vehicles he allegedly forged titles for, a previously uncited issue.

The case had focused on allegations that Watson wrote in the name of a dealership on vehicle titles after having sold the most cars allowable without a dealers’ license.

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