Tue
Aug 23 2022
09:22 am

From the United States Attorney's Office, Middle Tennessee District,

"Tennessee State Representative Glen Casada, 63, of Franklin, Tennessee, and his former Chief of Staff Cade Cothren, 35, of Nashville, were indicted by a federal grand jury yesterday and charged with conspiracy to commit the following offenses: theft from programs receiving federal funds; bribery and kickbacks concerning programs receiving federal funds; honest services wire fraud; and conspiracy to commit money laundering. Both were arrested at their homes this morning by FBI agents and will make initial appearances before a U.S. Magistrate Judge later today. "

"The 20-count indictment, unsealed this morning, also charges Casada and Cothren with using a fictitious name to carry out a fraud; theft concerning programs receiving federal funds; eight counts of money laundering; six counts of honest services wire fraud; and two counts of bribery and kickbacks."

"If convicted, Casada and Cothren each face up to 20 years in prison."

As reportedly in Apr. 2022, "Casada ally then-Rep. Robin Smith, R-Hixson, swiftly resigned from the General Assembly following a federal wire fraud charge. Smith has pleaded guilty to the charge, which implicated Casada and Cothren in a scheme to set up a shadowy consulting firm to gain state business.

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