published Tuesday, July 23rd, 2013

Zeb Patten pleads guilty to stealing from sister as she battled dementia

George "Zeb" Patten, Jr. pleaded guilty this morning to stealing money from his now-deceased sister while he served as her executor as she battled dementia.

The 48-year-old man pleaded guilty this morning to three counts of theft over $10,000.

Hamilton County Criminal Court Judge Rebecca Stern ordered the plea agreement in his case be followed.

Patten had faced more than 14 charges stemming from his time as executor from 2007 to 2009.

Terry Alice Patten, 57, died in May 2012, a year after criminal charges were filed.

Terry Patten's estate estimated losses are $650,000.

Zeb Patten will be on probation for six years and must pay $100,000 restitution to his sister's estate.

Zeb Patten is entangled in a $2 million bankruptcy which is scheduled for trial later this year.

For more see tomorrow's Times Free Press.

about Todd South...

Todd South covers courts, poverty, technology, military and veterans for the Times Free Press. He has worked at the paper since 2008 and previously covered crime and safety in Southeast Tennessee and North Georgia. Todd’s hometown is Dodge City, Kan. He served five years in the U.S. Marine Corps and deployed to Iraq before returning to school for his journalism degree from the University of Georgia. Todd previously worked at the Anniston (Ala.) Star. Contact ...

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