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Askin indicted on state charges too
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The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation’s case against the former executive director of the Upper Cumberland Development District has resulted in a grand jury indictment against her for taking money from the Upper Cumberland Development District to use toward the Living the Dream home, a home built as an independent living facility for middle-income seniors.Wendy Askins, 52, of Cookeville was indicted by the Putnam County grand jury on one count of theft over $60,000, one count of money laundering, and one count of forgery. While employed as the executive director, Askins inserted into the Feb. 16, 2010 Upper Cumberland Development District board meeting minutes stating that $300,000 was to be transferred to the Cumberland Regional Development District for an independent living home. TBI’s investigation revealed the transfer of funds was never discussed at the meeting.