JOHNSON CITY – As the result of ongoing casework, Special Agents with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation have obtained additional indictments for a Bristol attorney charged in connection with stealing from an estate in which he was serving as executor.
At the request of 2nd District Attorney General Barry Staubus, TBI Special Agents began investigating Don W. Cooper in November 2015. During the course of the investigation, agents developed information that Cooper, 70, stole funds in excess of $10,000 from an estate in which the beneficiary was supposed to be St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
On July 26th, the Sullivan County Grand Jury returned an indictment charging Cooper with Theft over $10,000. Today, Cooper turned himself into the Sullivan County Jail and was released on a $15,000 bond.
Prior to the most recent indictment, Cooper was indicted by a Sullivan County Grand Jury in April on one count of Theft over $250,000. That charge was the result of the same investigation but involved the theft of property from a different estate. In that case, Cooper was booked into the Sullivan County Jail and released on a $25,000 bond.