TBI: Bristol attorney indicted on additional theft charges


JOHNSON CITY, TN (WJHL) – Tennessee Bureau of Investigation agents obtained additional indictments for a Tri-Cities attorney charged for allegedly stealing from an estate in which he was serving as executor.

According to a TBI news release, agents started investigating Bristol attorny, Don W. Cooper, 70, in November 2015 following a request by Sullivan County District Attorney General Barry Staubus.

The investigation revealed that Cooper took funds in excess of $10,000 from an estate in which the beneficiary was supposed to be St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

According to a release, a Sullivan County grand jury returned an indictment charging Cooper with theft over $10,000.

Cooper reportedly turned himself in at the Sullivan County Jail, where he was later released on $15,000 bond.

Back in April, Cooper was indicted by a Sullivan County grand jury on one count of theft over $250,000.

According to the release, that charge was the result of the same investigation, but involved theft of property from another estate.

In that case, Cooper was taken to the Sullivan County Jail and was later released on $25,000 bond.

  • See also: Tri-Cities attorney indicted for stealing thousands of dollars from a client

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