Lebanon Democrat (March 30, 2017) — A city alderman in West Tennessee faces charges of violating election laws, following an investigation by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation.
At the request of 25th District Attorney General Mike Dunavant, TBI agents started an investigation Nov. 1 that involved Virgil Jones on complaints of election law fraud. Jones is an alderman for the city of Moscow in Fayette County.
During the investigation, agents discovered that while Jones owns property in Moscow, but his actual residence is in Whiteville, which is in Hardeman County, and he apparently listed the fraudulent address on elections records for the purpose of running for the alderman position.
Additionally, a review of election records indicated while Jones has lived in Whiteville, he was a registered voter in Moscow and voted there during numerous elections.
On March 27, a Fayette County grand jury indicted Jones, 52, with one count of false entry on an official registration or election document, one count of perjury and false statement on official election documents, and five counts of voter fraud.