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Rutherford Co. commissioner indicted in ticket sales scheme

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Matthew Young (Photo from Metro PD) Matthew Young (Photo from Metro PD)
NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) -

A Rutherford County commissioner was jailed Wednesday in Nashville after he was accused in a top-dollar ticket sales scheme.

Matthew Young, 31, was named in a grand jury indictment charging him with two counts of felony theft.

Metro police say he and two other men defrauded at least three victims, promising them concert and event tickets but never delivering.

The men allegedly pocketed more than $65,000.

Young is also facing similar charges in Rutherford County, where he serves on the county commission and is a firefighter.

The other men indicted in the alleged scheme are Kenneth Cooper, 43, and Harvey Felsher, 66, of Biloxi, MS.

One of the three victims in the latest case tells Channel 4 News he gave thousands of dollars for tickets to the college football BCS national championship game between Alabama and Notre Dame in January, but only to be disappointed.

"They are accused of accepting large amounts of money from at least three victims in exchange for what the victims thought would be concert and event tickets," said Metro Police spokesman Don Aaron. "But they never received anything in return."

Young was arrested at one of the main fire halls in Murfreesboro, then transported to Nashville, where he was booked on the Davidson County charges.

He was later released on $50,000 bond.

Just last week, Young and two other men were indicted in a separate case on charges of aggravated assault, domestic assault, extortion and aggravated kidnapping of Cooper, who is currently jailed in Christian County, KY.

"Our judicial system has one of its founding principles that a person is innocent until proven guilty," said Rutherford County Mayor Ernest Burgess.

Burgess said the county doesn't have a policy to deal with sitting commissioners being indicted, because it's never happened before.

"We also have an attorney general's opinion that says an indictment does not rise to the level of an ouster being an automatic process," Burgess said.

The mayor said the county will let this case run its course.

"We're going to be careful, thoughtful, polite and patient throughout this whole discussion, and allow the course of the judicial process to render a decision," Burgess said.

In the meantime, Young is not only fighting for his reputation, but he's also still on the job fighting fires.

Murfreesboro Fire and Rescue officials said they are reviewing the allegations and will make a determination about Young's employment at a later time.

Channel 4 News reached out to Young by phone for comment.

"Once I found out about the indictment, I turned myself in, but I can't comment about the case. Please call my attorney," he said.

We left a message with attorney Terry Fann and are awaiting a returned call.

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