KNOXVILLE – An investigation by Special Agents with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation has resulted in the arrest of a Campbell County attorney after being indicted on multiple counts of theft.
At the request of 8th District Attorney General Jared Effler, on December 28, 2015, TBI Special Agents began investigating complaints of theft against Campbell County attorney Wesley Lynn Hatmaker. During the course of the investigation, Agents developed information that from April 2009 through November 2015, Hatmaker stole more than $250,000 in funds from the trust account for his clients. The investigation determined that Hatmaker never returned the money to the estates or the victims, and instead used the money for his personal use.
On Wednesday, the Campbell County Grand Jury returned indictments charging Hatmaker with one count of Theft over $250,000, four counts of Theft over $60,000, and two counts of Theft over $10,000. On Wednesday evening, Hatmaker, 50, was arrested and booked into the Campbell County Jail. He was released after posting a $150,000 bond. Hatmaker’s law license is currently suspended.