Tennessee alderman charged with voter fraud, false statement

MOSCOW, Tenn. (AP) – A Moscow, Tennessee, city alderman has been charged with living in a different county from the one where he holds office and votes.

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation says 52-year-old Alderman Virgil Jones turned himself in on Tuesday and was booked on charges of voter fraud, perjury and false statement on election documents, and false entry on registration or election document. The charges were returned by a Fayette County grand jury on Monday.

The TBI said in a news release that Jones owns property in Moscow, but lives in Whiteville, in Hardeman County. The release alleged that Jones listed the fraudulent address on elections records for the purpose of running for alderman and has voted in Moscow while living in Whiteville.

The Fayette County jail said Jones was released on bond. No contact information was available.