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.


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