Michael Hooks Jr. Indicted 

Former Memphis City School Board member Michael Hooks Jr. was indicted Tuesday by a federal grand jury on charges involving false invoices to the Shelby County Juvenile Court Clerk's office in 2001.

The four-count indictment alleges that Hooks was paid at least $5,000 by Tim Willis, who later became an undercover operative for the FBI in the Tennessee Waltz political corruption investigation. Willis billed juvenile court for $60,364 for public relations in 2001 and paid some of the money to Hooks.

The indictment says Hooks, assisted by Willis, submitted false invoices through Darrell Catron to the Juvenile Court Clerk's office. Catron has pleaded guilty to federal charges but has not been sentenced. When Catron made his plea, prosecutors referred to an unnamed contractor who apparently was Hooks.

Hooks is also charged with making a false entry in a document on April 17, 2003, "with the intent to impede the investigation of a matter" within federal jurisdiction. A fourth count charges him with making a false statement to FBI agents last month.

The indictment makes no mention of E-Cycle, the fictitious company set up by the FBI in Tennessee Waltz. Prosecutors have said the Tennessee Waltz investigation grew out of an investigation of Willis and the juvenile court clerk at that time, Shep Wilbun. Willis testified earlier this month against former state senator Roscoe Dixon, who was convicted.

Hooks is the son of former Memphis City Council member Janet Hooks and Shelby County Commissioner Michael Hooks Sr., who was indicted last year on two counts in the Tennessee Waltz investigation. The trial of Hooks Sr. is pending. -- John Branston

Comments

Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

ADVERTISEMENT
ADVERTISEMENT
    • Waiting for Shoes to Drop

      Harold Byrd, a Democrat, and Shea Flinn, running as an independent, are considering runs for Shelby County mayor.
    • Dogs and Ponies

      As all six Republican gubernatorial candidates gathered for a Memphis forum, decorum prevailed, but it may not last.

Blogs

Film/TV/Etc. Blog

Music Video Monday: Jadewick

Hungry Memphis

LBOE's Champion Burger

Tiger Blue

#18 Tigers 66, SMU 45

Film/TV/Etc. Blog

Indie Memphis' Greatest Hits 5: Lights, Movement, And The Zoo

News Blog

Q & A With MCA President Laura Hine

Politics Beat Blog

Cohen, 5 House Colleagues Launch Impeachment Effort Against Trump

Music Blog

Band Geeks: A Live Tribute to The Last Waltz

Politics Beat Blog

Democrat Dean, On Nashville-Memphis Back-and-Forth: "I Love I-40!"

ADVERTISEMENT

More by John Branston

  • Pyramid History 101

    Bass Pro should acknowledge the big pointy building’s backstory.
    • May 14, 2015
  • Let it Be

    What to do about the Fairgrounds? How about nothing?
    • Jan 29, 2015
  • Let’s Go, Shelby County Schools!

    Some suggestions for how the new Shelby County Schools system can hold its own in the years to come.
    • Aug 14, 2014
  • More »

Readers also liked…

  • Filling the Space

    For all the in-fighting, we’re all looking for the same thing, and sometimes we can realize it.
    • Jul 14, 2016
  • Cohen Tells It!

    In which Memphis’ Democratic congressman Steve Cohen, addressing an apparent GOP effort to muddy the waters on the Russian inquiry, not only takes no crap but gives it back where it came from. This is worth watching from beginning to end -- even for those who might disagree on the politics of the matter.
    • Jul 26, 2017
  • Democratic Discontent in Philadelphia

    After WikiLeaks revelations of DNC efforts favoring Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders moves to tame the tempest.
    • Jul 26, 2016
ADVERTISEMENT
© 1996-2017

Contemporary Media
460 Tennessee Street, 2nd Floor | Memphis, TN 38103
Visit our other sites: Memphis Magazine | Memphis Parent | Inside Memphis Business
Powered by Foundation