|Shubert probe ongoing
A probe into complaints of theft and fraud against Shubert Motor Sales in Lenoir City remains active.
Lenoir City Police Department, District Attorney General Russell Johnson and the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation began a criminal investigation of Shubert Motors on Jan. 26, 2017.
TBI confirmed in August that the investigation was ongoing, but a March 7 request for comment on the status of the investigation was directed to Johnson.
Because the investigation was opened at the request of Johnson, questioning should be directed to his office, Susan Niland, TBI public information officer, said in an email correspondence.
Johnson confirmed in a March 8 email that the investigation remains ongoing but declined to respond to further questions, including whether all three departments were still involved in the investigation or reasons for the length of the investigation.
Don White, Lenoir City police chief, called the investigation “complex” when the News-Herald initially reported March 1, 2017, that a probe into Shubert Motor Sales was active. White said at the time that he hoped to release more information in the near future.
On April 20, 2017, White said a resolution to the case could be “months” away.
“We do expect that we will hopefully have some information on what will be taking place but that’s probably some time in the next few months,” White said.
Johnson did not provide any timetable indicating when further information regarding the investigation may be available.