Former Sheriff's Uncle Pleads Guilty
Monday, January 30, 2017 2:34 pm
The uncle of former Rutherford County Sheriff Robert Arnold pleads guilty in federal court for his part in the JailCigs case.
John Vanderveer pleaded guilty in a Nashville federal courtroom to one count of witness tampering Monday.
Arnold pleaded guilty on January 18th to wire fraud, honest services fraud and extortion. Russell entered a guilty plea just two days later to the same charges as Arnold.
Each count in which they entered guilty pleas could carry a 20-year prison sentence each and hefty fines. Sentencing will take place at a later time.
The trio was facing a 14-count indictment stemming from an unauthorized plan to sell e-cigarettes to Rutherford County jail inmates through a company co-owned by Russell and Vanderveer, in which Arnold invested.
From December 2013 to April 2015, when the media began reporting on the scheme, Arnold received $66,790 from JailCigs, Russell $52,234 and Vanderveer $49,545, according to the indictment.