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Former Farragut man’s court hearing postponed

While details of forgery, theft and aggravated assault charges against Kevin Joseph Moats have been outlined, an open financial fraud investigation in excess of $200,000 continues against this former Turkey Creek Woods resident.

Meanwhile, Moats’s preliminary hearing in Knox County Third Sessions Court, originally scheduled for Thursday morning, Dec. 29, was postponed and reset for 9 a.m., Thursday, Jan. 19.

“His lawyer [Christy Murray] said she needed more time; apparently he was still on medication” following a gunshot wound to the arm while being apprehended near Farragut Dec. 19, said Randall Kilby, case prosecutor and assistant district attorney with Knox County District Attorney’s office.

As for Moats’s three counts of theft, “My understanding is he was trying to sell a trailer that he did not own to three different victims,” Kilby said. “He was trying to sell them on Craig’s List.”

Two forgery counts were levied after Moats allegedly “passed stolen and forged checks at Enrichment Federal Credit Union on the account of Mrs. Elise Halterman,” Kilby said.

Moats, 45, was shot once in the arm while allegedly trying to flee apprehension from Tennessee Bureau of Investigation agents Denise Woodby and Barry Carrier at Pilot Flying J Truck Stop off Watt Road, just north of Farragut town limits.

He was apprehended while allegedly hiding under a trailer off Buttermilk Road later that evening.

“The allegation is that he tried to run over Agent Carrier, and actually struck the agent with the driver’s side front of his vehicle … and he got shot during that,” Kilby said about the aggravated assault charge.

“Still under investigation,” according to Kilby, are possible Medicare fraud charges against Moats.

At deadline, Moats remained in Knox County Detention Facility on a $35,000 bond.

Repeated attempts to contact Murray were unsuccessful.


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