JACKSBORO, TN (WLAF) – Indicted LaFollette Mayor Mike Stanfield has had his criminal case reset to Mon., Nov. 1.
In Sept. 2020, Stanfield was indicted on seven counts of official misconduct, one count of retaliation for reporting to the comptroller and one count of misrepresenting information to a state auditor.
His alleged misdeeds date back to 2015, according to the indictment. Stanfield is accused of using his elected office for personal benefit, coercing city employees to lie, operating outside his authorized powers and retaliating against employees for reporting his crimes.
Stanfield is also accused of using city property for personal purposes and having a city employee perform work that benefitted Stanfield, the indictment said. Along with this, the mayor is further accused of directing a city employee to provide false statements to auditors.
Earlier this year, The State of Tennessee Comptroller’s Office issued its findings of the situation after conducting an investigation into Stanfield’s alleged conduct. Its conclusion was Stanfield had in fact used city equipment and personnel resources in connection to his privately owned lawn mower repair business.
The timeline being established for disposition in Stanfield’s case is similar to those of other city officials who have faced criminal charges.
In June 2018, then LaFollette Vice Mayor and City Councilmember Joe Bolinger was indicted on food stamp fraud. His case was resolved by a guilty plea in April 2019.
In Oct. 2019, LaFollette City Councilmember Ann Thompson was indicted on wiretapping and official misconduct. She pleaded guilty in Dec. 2020 and was forced to resign from her seat on the council. Within the charges, she pleaded guilty to official misconduct thus making her ineligible to serve on the LaFollette City Council.
Stanfield has also retained his elected position pending the outcome of his criminal case. (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED 09/13/2021-12:30PM)