Zeb Patten Pleads Guilty To Theft From Half-Sister Who Suffered From Dementia

Tuesday, July 23, 2013
Zeb Patten
Zeb Patten

George “Zeb” Patten Jr. pleaded guilty Tuesday to stealing from a half-sister who suffered from early onset dementia.

Patten, 48, was ordered to make $100,000 in restitution to his half-sister's estate during the appearance before Criminal Court Judge Rebecca Stern.

He had been indicted on charges of misappropriating $650,000.

Prosecutor Neal Pinkston said there are other avenues underway to collect more from the estate, including a civil lawsuit and Bankruptcy Court. 

Patten's pleas came under guilty plea diversion. He was given a six-year suspended term. He will be under supervision for part of the time. 

Patten, who previously operated the Chattanooga Golf Center in East Brainerd, faced 18 counts of theft of property, fraudulent use of a credit card and forgery when he was charged in 2011.

The indictment said some of the money was used at the golf center and part for his own use.

It said Patten was given his half-sister’s power of attorney, but he was not supposed to withdraw more than $5,000 per year. 

Terry Alice Patten, 57, died May 4, 2012.


Latest Hamilton County Jail Booking Report

Here is the latest jail booking report from Hamilton County: BALLARD, ANTHONY MONTREL  2401 SOUTH CHAMBERLAIN AVENUE CHATTANOOGA, 37407  Age at Arrest: 29 years old Arresting Agency: Chattanooga PUBLIC INTOXICATION CRIMINAL IMPERSONATION --- BASLER, BOBBY LEE  4310 NORCROSS ROAD HIXSON, 37343  Age at Arrest: 32 years old Arresting Agency: ... (click for more)

6 Charged In Tennessee For TennCare Fraud; 1 In Hamilton County

Six people are charged with TennCare fraud in Knox, Blount and Hamilton counties. All but one of the cases involves prescription drugs; the other involves misrepresenting personal income in order to receive healthcare insurance benefits through TennCare.    The six arrests bring the total number of people arrested for TennCare fraud to 2,702 since the Office of Inspector ... (click for more)

Problems With The Proposed Apartments In Lookout Valley

I am deeply troubled at the way in which this proposal has been handled. The blatant disregard for the residents of Kelly's Ferry Road and the wishes of the Lookout Valley Area Plan (which was adopted by the city in 2003) by Chip Henderson and Tommy Austin amazes me. Yes, there was a meeting of the Lookout Valley Neighborhood association in August, but it wasn't on its normal ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Ooltewah & The Bullies

During the week of Christmas I got an email from a longtime friend at the Knoxville News-Sentinel that laughingly wondered what kind of basketball do you people play (in Chattanooga?) It included sketchy details of the rape, and subsequent surgery, of an Ooltewah High School basketball player who had been assaulted by his own teammates at a Gatlinburg holiday tournament. Today ... (click for more)

Up-Front Power Lifts Signal Mountain Past CCS, 3-0

Signal Mountain sent Chattanooga Christian a quick to-the-point message on Tuesday. The Lady Chargers better be ready for a tough match. Well, the Lady Eagles played extremely tough volleyball, used a quick start that set the tempo and went on to crush the Lady Chargers, 3-0, in a District 7-2A match at Signal Mountain School. Signal Mountain’s up-front attack dominated ... (click for more)

Grace Takes 3-0 Win From CSAS In Volleyball

The Grace Academy Lady Golden Eagles didn't waste much time taking a 3-0 victory from CSAS on Tuesday evening at CSAS, Grace winning the District 5-A match by scores of 25-11, 25-12 and 25-20. Alexandra Smith had 13 kills and eight digs for the winners while Summer Dean finished with 18 assists.  Maggie Long contributed 19 digs while Autumn Parrott had four aces to go along ... (click for more)