Trial of Upper Cumberland Development District director, deputy director postponed until July


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COOKEVILLE, Tennessee — The federal trial of former Upper Cumberland Development District Director Wendy Askins and her former Deputy Director Larry Webb has been postponed.

The district is a quasi-governmental economic development resource for fourteen counties. Askins' and Webb's charges include theft, bank fraud and money laundering.

Askins resigned in 2012 after a series of news reports on questionable expenditures of agency funds that included a million-dollar house in Putnam County. Askins acknowledged making some mistakes but denied ever personally profiting from her job.

The Cookeville Herald-Citizen reports ( the trial was supposed to begin next month but has been continued to July 2015.

At the state level, Askins faces charges of theft of over $60,000, money laundering and forgery. Her next court date in that case is Dec. 12.

Information from: Cookeville Herald-Citizen,

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