Mike Foster Cleared Of UCDD Federal Charges

DeKalb County Executive Mike Foster was cleared last week of the federal charges against him relating to the Upper Cumberland Develop-ment District.

An article by Brittany Stovall in the Cookeville                               Herald-Citizen on Wednesday, February 19, 2014 reported that on Tuesday, a judged signed the agreed order signed by the defendant and prosecutors filed on Friday, February 14 to dismiss the one count of making a false statement regarding a matter within a jurisdiction of the United States.

Foster, the former chairman of the UCDD executive committee and board of directors, was indicted on the single count last September along with former UCDD director Wendy Askins and former UCDD deputy director Larry Webb, who each face multiple indictments relating to fraud and theft.

The charges came after a state investigation in 2012 revealed funds for UCDD’s Living the Dream project had been misappropriated, which Askins allegedly personally profitted from.

You can read the rest of the story in this weeks Fentress Courier.