Daughter of Rutherford County Mayor arrested amid ongoing fraud investigation

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RUTHERFORD COUNTY, Tenn. (WKRN) — The daughter of Rutherford County Mayor Bill Ketron has been arrested amid an ongoing fraud investigation involving the insurance company owned by her father.

Kelsey Ketron was booked into the Rutherford County jail Monday night on charges related to three indictments, a spokesperson for the Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office said. Her bond was set at $100,000.

News 2 obtained copies of the indictments which show the 29-year-old faces at least 72 charges, including 30 counts of impersonation of a licensed professional, 14 counts of money laundering, 12 counts of aggravated perjury and eight counts of fraudulent insurance acts. She is also charged with multiple counts of theft and forgery.

The paperwork alleges Kelsey Ketron “engaged in certain fraudulent insurance acts” while acting as Vice President of Universal International Insurance, the Murfreesboro company owned by her father, Rutherford County Mayor Bill Ketron.

Murfreesboro police raided the insurance company in July. At the time, Mayor Ketron told News 2, “I haven’t seen any impropriety. My attorney says that they don’t feel that there’s any impropriety at this point in time, so we’ll just see what comes out.”

News 2 reached out to Mayor Ketron for comment on his daughter’s arrest. He has not responded.

According to Murfreesboro police, the State District Attorney’s Office selected the Hamilton County District Attorney’s Office to prosecute the case against Kelsey Ketron after Rutherford County District Attorney General Jennings Jones and his staff recused themselves due to a “conflict of interest.”

A Circuit Court hearing has been set for Nov. 25.

This is a developing story. Stay with News 2 on-air and online for updates.

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