Ex-Tennessee Senator Pleads Guilty to Theft in Workers’ Comp Case

March 3, 2014

Former Democratic Tennessee state Sen. Eric Stewart has pleaded guilty to a theft charge.

Media reports said Stewart agreed last Thursday to the judicial diversion plea in Franklin County Circuit Court. Originally, he had been indicted on charges of theft and insurance fraud.

Prosecutors had accused Stewart of selling a worker’s compensation policy to a couple and using the $750 for his personal use rather than for securing the policy.

The former lawmaker left the Legislature to run for the 4th Congressional District seat in 2012 but was defeated by Republican incumbent Scott DesJarlais.

Prosecutor Mike Taylor said Stewart was sentenced to two years of supervised probation and 100 hours of community service. In addition, he was ordered to pay restitution and court costs.

After meeting those terms, Stewart can apply to have his record expunged.

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  • March 5, 2014 at 10:47 am
    james says:
    You guys actually mentioned Democratic and guilty in the same article. Good job! The mainstream media skip that part unless it's a Republican.
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