Former General Sessions Court employee John Bowers, who was fired Thursday, surrendered for booking Friday night on a grand jury indictment charging him with official misconduct and theft, said police.
The 62-year-old was charged with stealing more than $100,000 in fees paid by people sentenced to traffic school.
Metro police said that Bowers was the person who received payments from defendants after they appeared before a judge.
The investigation by the MNPD Fraud Unit and the FBI, alleges that Bowers created false paperwork to cover up repeated thefts, which they believe happened over a prolonged period of time and frequently involved defendants who spoke little English and didn’t fully understand the court system.
The Davidson County Grand Jury returned the indictment Friday.
Bowers is being held in the Metro Jail. His bond was set at $75,000.
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