Candidate arrested for allegedly falsifying paperwork

FAYETTE COUNTY, TN (WMC-TV) – John Bragorgos was indicted and arrested Monday for allegedly falsifying election documents.

Officials say the 47-year-old man lied about where he lived when filing paperwork to run for two offices at the Fayette County election commission.

Turns out, Bragorgos lives in Germantown, in Shelby County.

"You're committing a Class D Felony if you knowingly falsify information on that document," said Fayette County Election Administrator Jamie Jenkins.

Fayette County election administrator Jamie Jenkins showed Action News 5 what's known as a "nominating petition" on which candidates are required by law to list their correct address.

"If it requires a primary residence, it would be in the district for which position you're seeking," said Jenkins.

The Tennessee House district 94 seat was one of the two races officials say Bragorgos filed for.  The district includes all of Fayette County, parts of Hardeman and Tipton Counties, but none of Shelby County.

The second position was a seat on the Fayette County school board.

No one answered the door at Bragorgos's home in Germantown.  No one returned our phone calls placed to that house or the phone number listed on a "for rent" sign in front of a house in Somerville which Bragorgos listed as his address when he was booked into the jail.

Bragorgos made news last year when he sued the Fayette County school district over a construction dispute.  He also ran unsuccessfully for Fayette County Mayor in 2010.  He bonded out of jail Monday night and is due in court on Thursday.

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