Two Marion County, Tenn., men are charged with wire fraud and money laundering for allegedly defrauding hundreds of investors in California, Florida, Georgia, Tennessee and Virginia of more than $45 million, according to an FBI news release.
Joshua O. Dobson, 34, of Kimball, and Paul E. Gott III, 39, of Jasper, were ordered to appear in Federal Court in Chattanooga today before U.S. Magistrate Judge Susan K. Lee, authorities said.
The investigation was a joint effort by the Knoxville Division of the FBI and the Chattanooga resident agency and Internal Revenue Service.
Ben Benton is a news reporter at the Chattanooga Times Free Press. He covers Southeast Tennessee and previously covered North Georgia education. Ben has worked at the Times Free Press since November 2005, first covering Bledsoe and Sequatchie counties and later adding Marion, Grundy and other counties in the northern and western edges of the region to his coverage. He was born and raised in Cleveland, Tenn., a graduate of Bradley Central High School. Benton ...