Michael Hooks Jr. becomes latest indictment in Operation TN Waltz - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Michael Hooks Jr. becomes latest indictment in Operation TN Waltz

Six months after leaving his seat on the Memphis City School Board, Michael Hooks Junior becomes the latest politician snared in Operation Tennessee Waltz.

"A federal grand jury returned an indictment against him," says attorney Randy Pierce.

Six pages outline the federal case against Hooks. It includes charges of bribery, conspiracy, falsifying documents, and lying to the FBI. Charges revolve around an alleged scheme in the Shelby County Juvenile Court Clerk's office and date back to 2001. In fact, the feds say this is the case that started the Tennessee Waltz investigation.

"I think it will be, uh, a lot of work," says Pierce.

Pierce says his latest client is doing as well as expected.

"I'm sure he's disappointed and would hope it would be otherwise--but it is what it is," says Pierce.

Pierce says he's been in contact with the US Attorney and has made arrangements for Hooks to report to court on Wednesday.

"And his initial appearance will follow soon thereafter, we hope," says Pierce.

Pierce says it's too soon to talk strategy and won't let other Tennessee Waltz cases become a distraction.

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