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Former Farragut resident’s preliminary hearing set for Thursday

Tennessee Bureau of Investigation charged a former Turkey Creek Woods man, previously wanted on forgery charges, with an additional charge of aggravated assault after he was involved in a confrontation with TBI special agents during an attempted arrest Monday, Dec. 19, at Pilot Flying J Truck Stop in West Knox County.

Kevin Moats, 45, of Golden Harvest Road, Farragut, was released from The University of Tennessee Medical Center and booked into Knox County Detention Facility on two counts of forgery, three counts of theft and one count of aggravated assault. Bond has been set at $35,000. A preliminary hearing is set for Thursday, Dec. 29.

According to TBI spokesman Kristin Helm, Moats is the subject of an open financial fraud investigation in excess of $200,000 being conducted by TBI’s Medicaid Fraud Control unit. That case currently was under review by Knox County District Attorney Randy Nichols’ office when agents obtained felony warrants for Moats arrest.

Two special agents located Moats at Pilot Flying J Truck Stop off Watt Road and attempted to serve the warrants on him when he fled, nearly striking an agent with a car.

Agents opened fire, striking Moats once in the arm. Neither agent was injured.

Moats proceeded to barricade himself inside a trailer off Buttermilk Road and finally surrendered to authorities at about 8 p.m. following law enforcement negotiations.

Moats is a convicted felon with a previous criminal arrest history both in and out of Tennessee that includes arson, possession of a controlled substance, theft and forgery.

TBI agents involved in the shooting were placed on administrative leave in accordance with TBI policy.

A Turkey Creek Woods resident, who wished to remain anonymous, told farragutpress Moats had been “evicted from his home in September. The resident said “several people, especially older people, have been scammed by Moats through phoney home repairs, Craig’s List and Medicaid fraud.

“Several called [Knox County Sheriff’s Office] to complain, but were told his activity was a civil, not a criminal, matter and nothing was done.”


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