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FIRST ON 3: Former DA Rex Gore & Assistant District Attorney under SBI investigation for turning in false expense reports

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BLADEN COUNTY, NC (WWAY) - Former District Attorney Rex Gore and an assistant district attorney are being investigated by the SBI tonight as investigators look into questions about travel reimbursements.

ADA Elaine Kelley worked for Gore, and up until Thursday, for current DA Jon David. But we have learned she no longer works in the DA's office after a visit from the SBI.

Sources tell us the SBI is looking into whether Gore allowed Kelley to expense unofficial travel in order to help beef up her salary.

We're told when Kelley joined Gore's team, he couldn't match her salary requirements.

Now the SBI is investigating whether he approved her filing travel expense reports to help alleiviate the pay difference.

We're also told when investigators showed up at her office in Elizabethtown on Thursday, she resigned shortly thereafter.

We've called Jon David's office multiple times this afternoon for comment but he has yet to return the calls.

We'll stay on top of this story and update you as soon as we know more details.

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Regardless where you are

Regardless where you are from, the problem still exist. Referring to someone's location or origin has nothing to do with whether you're qualified for a job or not. If you do not like the south, it would be better if you return to New Jersey. Obviously, you must have a reason for being here, you are living in the area.

No one has to adjust to other citizens traditions because you are unhappy with customs in a specific geographical area. Some traditions are nice and I hope that "southerners" will keep our traditions. I am a southerner but can adapt to any location of residence. It's not about degrading people's intellect, it's about respecting cultural diversity, and appreciating the diversity of other people.

Sounds like some people or someone is unconcerned with living with other cultures and appreciating diversity...Again, obviously the south offered you something for your benefit, you are living here! the natives here were fine before aggresive people moved here -- you can not force people to change their customs. We, and most natives from this area happen to know people in our communities and this is what has made our communities for years a great place to live. I can say that as a native, since a lot of migration has occurred, things have changed and some of the changes are not good and I wish that the agressiveness, greediness and lack of concern would return from whence it came from! Again, return to your place of origination if you are unhappy here...

I agree I am a native of this county and getting employment here is a REAL JOKE! What needs to happen is that people should report their concerns to the appropiate federal agency that will investigate these issues, namely, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Just talking about it and not reporting it by making a formal (written) complaint will never amount to anything. No one knows what is going on until it is reported. YES, there is a serious pattern and practice of discrimination for interested candidates for employoment. In addition, not being Billy Bob's sister, or Suzie cue's cousin seems to be a downfall here. I hope that more people who feel that he/she has been discriminated against will file a complaint. Getting something done about a matter requires submitting written complaint to get any issue of concern going?

http://www.eeoc.gov/employees/howtofile.cfm
-800-669-4000
1-800-669-6820 (TTY)
info@eeoc.gov

Brunswick Politics

This probe was started by Judge Ola Lewis. Why I ask? Well its just another power play by Judge Lewis. She thinks she is King Supreme of the Brunswick County Courthouse. She thinks she not only rules her courtroom but the whole courthouse building, including every office inside.She has been like this for years.Maybe a probe should look into her actions and abuse of power around that courthouse.

Rex Gore

Finally! Lots of people have known for a very long time about corruption and selective law enforcement in Columbus and Brunswick Counties. First R.C. Soles is finally out and now Rex Gore. There's more to go so I hope this is just the beginning.

Gore

Is this news? This is Brunswick County people we all know what corruption goes on here. Our police, our commissioners, pretty much anyone in the system. You can't even get a job in this county unless you know someone...even unemployment, oh yea they help pay for you to go to school well yea I was sent to take programs and tests only to be told I don't qualify...who does? Oh yea and BCC they are out of money....hummmmm well so am I now that I was sent on a goose chase for no reason. No for nothing but I think we need some smart people from the north to take over some of this bullshit we have here. That's right, born in NJ mom from Robeson county. Don't tell me

You think a couple yankees

You think a couple yankees are going to fix the problem, you need to pull your head out of your @$%, sounds like you're just jealous you don't have a job, maybe you could find one in NEW JERSEY!!!

You may have been Born in NJ, but you weren't educated there.

I feel like more and more comments posted on this website have the context similar to those of children texting.

If true, this is a great argument FOR term limits

I've always viewed the ballot box as the best term limit, but I'm starting to recognize that at the local level especially, cronies and corruption keep many small dictators in office for too long. They start out as totally honest people who want to do the best job possible but wind up thinking that they're God and acting like they're Ferdinand Marcos. They can do anything they want to....the subtle corruption of longevity....

"We can make some arrangements. You let me worry about the accounting."

BTW, there's not a lot that Jon David can say about this, other than the fact that she worked there from X date to Y date, and is or isn't eligible for re-hire. In addition to the normal litigation concerns we all face when addressing questions about former employees, he has to worry about jeopardizing the investigation and pending case.

Rex Gore

DA Gore visited my home in early June to ask for special consideration for himself personally, not to discuss how he could prosecute a criminal or perform his job as the DA more effectively. Why am I not surprised that he is now revealed as not being a faithful public servant?

About time!!

We in Brunswick County have been waiting on the SBI and the Attorney Generals office to look into Rex Gore's works. Brunswick County has already been left with the most of the states reviews on DNA botched cases. Rex Gore has been working like this for at least his last 10 years in office. We have been waiting for former Sheriff Ronald Hewett and RC Soles to start leaking some these stories out. Rex Gore has covered a lot of stuff up and made up cases when he didn't like someone. Jon David has a lot of work to do just in what Rex has left him. Jon David needs to continue reviewing his staff. He released mostly superior court ADA's here in Brunswick County. He has a few in his district court that he needs to continue to review their work performance and all the Rex Gore benifits they have been use to. Their are 2 to 3 more ADA's in Brunswick County that he needs to released to improve his staff.
Jon David may have his courtrooms filled with Rex Gores ADA's, staff and then the HAMMER on him. He has ducked and slipped by all these Fed investigations and he was right in the middle of some of the cover ups.
I am surprised that the citizens of Brunswick County would even let Rex Gore walk the streets...But he's only been out 1 month or so..Maybe this is finally the start of many reviews that need to be done.

About Time

I Think The Superior Court ADA you are referring to is ADA Meridth Everhart. She Walks Like Her Crap Don't stink. She lies on people tho get the outcome she wants. She is as crooked as Rex Gore Oh i forgot Sexy Rexy hired her. So that is par for the course. Jon Should have the best staff money can buy he is a honest man. So he should'nt have Rex's Crooked Staff working for him they were trained by Rex so they lie like Rex Good job Jon keep up the good work and finish taking out the trash in Brunswick County DA'S Office.

WOW!!!

HA!!! HA!!! HA!!!. It's about time. I wonder if Rex will get RC Soles to be his lawyer? Maybe even "Frog", as an assistant.

Finally

About time somebody do something about this crooked DA that may have a lot of skeletons in his closet.

Hopefully the Devina Jones

Hopefully the Devina Jones coverup is about to bite him where he sits down.