3 people indicted in Upper Cumberland scandal

COOKEVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Three people are facing various federal charges related to fraud and theft from the Upper Cumberland Development District.

A federal grand jury this week indicted Wendy Askins of Cookeville and Larry Webb and Billy Foster, both of Smithville.

The district is a quasi-governmental economic development resource for the fourteen counties in the Upper Cumberland Region.

Askins' and Webb's charges include theft, bank fraud and money laundering. Askins, as well as Foster, are charged with making a false statement.

Askins was the district's executive director but resigned last year after a series of news reports that agency funds had been spent on a million-dollar house in Putnam County amid other expenditures. She acknowledged making some mistakes but denied ever personally profiting from her job.

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