Ex-state Sen. Eric Stewart indicted in fraud case

(THE TENNESSEAN) Eric Stewart, a former Democratic state senator who last year ran unsuccessfully for U.S. Congress and sells insurance professionally, faces theft and insurance fraud charges stemming from a two-count indictment in Franklin County.

A Franklin County grand jury this week indicted Stewart for allegedly selling a worker's compensation insurance policy with a $750 premium to home contractors Don and Bonnie Plattenburg, then converting those funds for his own use, leaving the Plattenburgs without insurance.

Stewart owns his own agency.

According to District Attorney Mike Taylor, Stewart turned himself in to the Franklin County Sheriff's Office on Tuesday afternoon. He posted a $5,000 bond.

Stewart is scheduled to appear in court Nov. 15 for a formal reading of the charges.

Chattanooga attorney Lee Davis, who represents Stewart, did not return a message for comment.

Stewart, 41, served District 14 in the state Senate from 2008 to 2012.

Last year, he ran in Tennessee's 4th Congressional District, but lost resoundingly even though Republican U.S. Rep. Scott DesJarlais, a doctor, was mired in controversy for, among other things, encouraging a patient he had a sexual relationship with to have an abortion.


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