A quick proceeding Wednesday morning resulted in the removal of Jack Lamont as executor of the late Robert Hughes estate in the civil case. The judge found in favor of the White County Senior Citizens Center following Lamont’s arrest for allegedly stealing from the World War II veteran’s estate. Keith Botsch has been named the replacement executor while Lamont was also ordered to provide full accounting from the date of Hughes death at the next court date on February 10th at 9:30.
Lamont was arrested on November 5th and charged with a class 4 felony of theft over $500 but less than $10,000 as well as a class 3 felony alleging the same. The charges concern the proceeds of Hughes estate which Senior Citizens officials claim were all supposed to be given to them. Lamont told us on November 6th after posting bail that Hughes had around $100,000 in assets at the time of his death and after paying bills and himself a reasonable compensation for the job of serving as executor, about $90,000 was turned over to the White County Senior Center.
As part of his compensation, Lamont admits to keeping a coin collection for himself and selling part of it to Harold Karger. When Karger placed those coins for sale online, White County Senior Citizens officials caught wind. Officials there also dispute the worth of Hughes estate and what percentage they received though accountant Cindy Conley told WROY/WRUL News the $90,000 was “probably accurate”.
Lamont has a first appearance in the criminal case against him on Tuesday, December 8th at 9am.