State Representative Joe Armstrong says he's looking forward to addressing the allegations that he schemed to turn a profit from the state hiking the cigarette tax in 2007. His accountant, who "ran" the money through his company, had agreed to a plea deal. More from the Nashville Post on what the accountant says happened.
CNBC will tonight premiere White Collar Convicts, a look at what happens to corporate swindlers once they go behind the barbed wire. Among those featured on the show is Aaron Vallett, a former Brentwood resident who in 2012 was sentenced to 10 years and fined $5.5 million for stealing from clients' retirement plans. These days, Vallett is among other things the bookkeeper of the commissary at his prison, something he freely admits is quite ironic. Check out a clip here and get more info on White Collar Convicts here.
SEE ALSO: Our past coverage of Vallett's case
Bass Berry & Sims has taking another growth step with its office in Washington, D.C., which it set up in late 2011. On Wednesday, firm officials said they've established a practice group focused on the issues around contracting with government agencies. The 11 attorneys in the group include Nashville-based Wally Dietz, John Eason and former federal prosecutor Lisa Rivera.
"Our attorneys apply extensive public sector experience to help firm clients understand, prevent and mitigate the risks associated with government procurement, and to fight back when those risks become reality," said John Kelly, managing partner of Bass' D.C. office.
SEE ALSO: Word from the firm a month ago that it had recruited two veteran attorneys and launched an international trade practice group
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