Former TNDP executive director loses lawyer license

Kevin Teets, a former executive director of the Tennessee Democratic Party who also served as manager of some Middle Tennessee Democratic campaigns, has temporarily lost his license to practice law under a state Supreme Court order issued Friday, according to a news release from the Board of Professional Responsibility.

Other documents show Teets allegedly took more than $8,000 from a nonprofit organization created to help the homeless and instead used the money to “fund his gambling addiction,” reports The Tennessean.

A complaint filed with the board, which oversees attorney conduct in Tennessee, states Jessica Thurmond, the head of the Lace Up With Love organization, had hired Teets to help her form the nonprofit. But within a few months, Thurmond suspected Teets was taking the money from the organization and using it to gamble.

…Emails purportedly from Teets included in the board’s investigation show Teets referencing using his “personal funds in an asinine manner in Evansville” to explain why a check he tried to write to the nonprofit bounced. Evansville, Ind., has some of the closest casinos to Nashville.

Teets has repaid $6,500, according to the affidavit…. The board says the suspension remains in effect until the Supreme Court takes further action.

 

 

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