Political candidate charged in TBI worthless check case

Staff Reports • Dec 17, 2015 at 6:43 PM

COOKEVILLE – Tennessee Bureau of Investigation agents received indictments in the case of a Warren County political hopeful accused of passing a bad check to pay for his campaign signs.

At the request of 31st District Attorney General Lisa Zavogiannis, TBI special agents started an investigation May 8 involving Kristopher Lynn Gore. During the investigation, agents developed information the McMinnville man, while pursuing a run for state representative, wrote a worthless check for $13,500 to a local business to pay for his campaign signs. The investigation further revealed Gore created and forged a bank letter in an attempt to demonstrate the account was in good standing.

On June 20, a Warren County grand jury indicted the 26-year-old, charging him with four counts of passing a worthless check, four counts of theft and one count of forgery.

Gore surrendered himself Monday to TBI agents at the Warren County Jail, where he was later released after posting $55,000 bond.

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