Court documents: Mount Carmel mayor ‘authenticated’ a law enforcement badge, impersonated officer

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BLOUNTVILLE, Tenn. (WJHL) — Mount Carmel Mayor Chris Jones was booked into the Sullivan County jail Tuesday on criminal simulation and impersonation charges, according to a district attorney.

District Attorney General Barry Staubus says Jones was served with a grand jury’s indictment for two counts of criminal impersonation and one count of criminal simulation.

According to court documents, a grand jury presented the count of criminal simulation after finding that Jones had “authenticated or certified as genuine from what it was” a law enforcement badge with the intent to harm or defraud someone.

Court documents say the criminal simulation charge stems from an incident that occurred on or around January 31 through February 1.

The presentment also says that the two criminal impersonation charges from incidents on January 31 and February 1. According to the court records, he allegedly pretended to be a law enforcement officer to engage in law enforcement activity.

This comes just days after Jones was arrested and charged with aggravated assault in Hawkins County. Authorities there said he assaulted a woman. In February, he was indicted by a grand jury after investigators said he stole more than $300,000 from his grandmother’s estate over the span of several years.

In late April, police say they found Jones with a laceration to his neck outside of a Kingsport hotel room.

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