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Former executive director of the Upper Cumberland Development District indicted on state charges

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The former executive director of the Upper Cumberland Development District was indicted by the Putnam County grand jury for taking money from the Upper Cumberland Development District to use toward the Living the Dream home, an independent living home for middle income seniors in Putnam County.

A grand jury indicted 52-year-old Wendy Askins of Cookeville, Tenn. Tuesday on one count of theft over $60,000, one count of money laundering and one count of forgery.

Askins transferred $300,000 out of the Upper Cumberland Development District account and used the money for the Living the Dream home.

The home was built to provide an independent living environment to middle income seniors in the area.

Although Askins had a residence in Putnam County, she and her daughter used the Living the Dream home as their primary residence.

The TBI investigated the case with the Office of the Attorney General and the Tennessee Comptroller's Office.

The UCDD employed Askins as its executive director for 17 years prior her being released from the position. Askins turned herself in on the charges Tuesday at the Putnam County Jail and was released on a $25,000 bond.

Askins is scheduled to appear in court on November 12.

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