A Davidson County grand jury has indicted a former Hawkins County judge on 41 counts of theft Thursday.
Former Judge James F. Taylor, 41, of Rogersville, surrendered to authorities in Nashville Thursday after learning of the indictment, which came about following a joint investigation by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation and the state attorney general’s office.
The case was given to the Davidson County district attorney general’s office for prosecution because the charges allege that Taylor filed false client billings at the Administrative Office of the Courts in Nashville, requesting payment as appointed legal counsel in cases where he didn’t perform legal services.
The 41 counts include three counts of theft of more than $1,000 but less than $10,000; 36 counts of theft of more than $500 but less than $1,000; and two counts of theft of $500 or less.
According to the TBI, Taylor filed the allegedly false claims between Sept. 15, 2010, and July 27, 2011.
The TBI investigation into allegations of bribery and theft against Taylor began at the request of the 3rd Judicial District Attorney General’s Office in August 2011. The bureau is continuing its investigation on Taylor in Hawkins County.
As of late Thursday afternoon, Taylor remained in Davidson County jail in lieu of a $175,000 bond. Taylor’s arraignment date has not yet been set.