Ex-Hawkins County judge indicted for theft in Davidson County

Ex-Hawkins County judge indicted for theft in Davidson County

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James "Jay" Taylor (source: TBI) James "Jay" Taylor (source: TBI)

NASHVILLE (WATE) - Former Hawkins County General Sessions Court Judge James "Jay" Taylor has been indicted by the Davidson County Grand Jury on 41 counts of theft.

Taylor, 41, of Rogersville, is indicted on:

  • 36 counts of theft more than $500 and less than $1,000
  • Three counts of theft over $1,000
  • Two counts of theft less than $500

Between September 15, 2010 and July 27, 2011, the TBI says Taylor filed numerous fake claims with the Administrative Office of the Courts seeking payment for services as appointed legal counsel in cases where he did not perform legal services.

The TBI launched an investigation into allegations of bribery and theft against Taylor at the request of the 3rd Judicial District Attorney General's Office in August 2011.

The offenses in the indictments were in Davidson County where the Administrative Office of the Courts is located. They're being prosecuted by the Davidson County District Attorney General's Office and the Tennessee Attorney General's Office.

TBI's investigation on Taylor in Hawkins County is open and ongoing.

Taylor turned himself into authorities on the charges Thursday morning and was booked into the Davidson County Jail. His bond was set at $175,000.

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