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BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — A Brunswick County Grand Jury has indicted former District Attorney Rex Gore for allegedly signing off on false expense reports for an assistant district attorney while in office.

According to the indictment, Gore, who served Brunswick, Columbus and Bladen Counties signed off on ADA Elaine Kelley’s expense reports claiming gas money in excess of $14,000 that was not eligible for reimbursement. Gore allegedly told Kelley to claim travel that never took place.

Gore is charged with felonious conspiracy to obtain property by false pretenses.

The Grand Jury also indicted Kelley for obtaining property by false pretense and felonious conspiracy to obtain property by false pretenses. According to court documents, Kelley filed reports falsely claiming she drove from Elizabethtown to Bolivia at least once a week for five years for work.

Kelley has not yet returned a phone message seeking comment.

In a statement, Gore said: “In the spring of 2005 I hired Elaine Kelly to supervise prosecutions in the Bladen County unit of the District Attorney’s office. Because she was going to be commuting 500-plus miles per week, I included a travel component in her compensation package. It was a choice that I felt I could make because of the broad discretion the elected District Attorney has in handling compensation issues. I had several options available. In the end, I chose a travel mileage plan that limited her to 125 miles for commuting. I have no reason to doubt that each week she claimed that mileage; she consistently traveled at least that many miles. Shortly after I left office at the end of 2010, my authority to approve that compensation package came into question. Eighteen months later my decision has resulted in this charge. I had no intent to overstep my authority.

“While I am disappointed and disagree with the decision to prosecute, I am a strong believer that our jury system is designed in such a way that we ultimately reach right decisions. I am anxious to get this controversy resolved.

“Even though we have entered this current phase, I still take comfort in three things: I received no monetary benefit from my choice; Ms. Kelly received no more money than she would have had I chosen a different compensation package method; and Bladen County had one of the most aggressive, effective prosecutors in the state when she was there.

“I hope that this issue over one of my administrative decisions does not cast a shadow over the great work that prosecutors and staff in the office of the District Attorney have done over the years and continue to do now.”

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2015 years 8 months ago

Officer Davina was Executed, very certain according to that wound photo.
Rex Gore lying about suicide probably means he knew the level of
violence that could then happen to his own family.Yellow-belly yes.
The behavior you describe –her being harassed
by co-worker officers is not uncommon when other officers are
very stressed, about your daughter possibly
uncovering payoffs from drug cartels, or other officers
also worried about being shot in that heavy mexican international
drug trafficking waterway and highway area of Brunswick County. This is not the first case of internationals attempting or actually murdering officers or prosecutors, read all the numbers of those who have been killed since the war on drugs started. Another very similar case happened that came wihin an inch of turning out the same way. The officers who stumbled on the Noriega drug smuggling
boat in the early 80’s were faced with being outnumbered
when they boarded the vessel.So, they left the scene
before returning with backup agents to make the seizure and arrest.
News articles and books were written about this event but
you should call and speak personally to the agents that were boarding the boat to see how similar this is with the likely people your daughter stumbled upon that fateful night. http://www.newbernsj.com/news/bern-40741-dictator-new.html The coast guard and agents knew they would be likely shot by confronting the situation and being outnumbered.Officer Davina
was Executed, its clear: executed by people she did not recognize or know, by the sound of her voice on the audio
being confronted with a gun by 3 people.It may never ever be solved with the shooters being international
drug smugglers. Try weekly counselling to try to resolve in your mind that this is what happened.
Nothing anyone and especially any politician can change by political exploitation of her or your family any further. Stand up for her memory and clear her name, yes. But don’t fall victim a second time to a person who is only seeking headlines and is no closer to naming the shooter than the people in charge were back when it happened.If you were in those shoes and knew the next day the 3 internationals with false id’s did it, how would you go about finding them?

2015 years 8 months ago

Sorry to hear about your sister. What happened?

2015 years 8 months ago

Say it ain’t so Joe……………..mama always said “ugly is as ugly does and one day ugly is gonna jump all over that boy”

2015 years 8 months ago

After contemplation over the last few hours, I realize that any celebration on the indictment of the former DA here was premature. I now believe that this was all set in motion from the judge who claimed to have received information that had to be investigated, to the two ‘outstanding’ lawyers defending the former DA, this is a show designed to bring as small a charge as possible, follow a sham of court, and let this former DA off without having to bring charges concerning any of the terrible deeds this man and his cronies have done. It is the pattern they used with the former sheriff. It is over an amount of money and has nothing to do with the atrocities committed in the name of the law over the years.

For all the victims and families I know all across this country, I have some idea of the frustration you face, knowing that Lady Justice has not shown her face to you. She wears that blindfold because she does not want to see what the courts and this country have become.

I can only assure you that when the event happened in your life, it is the same with my sister. She did not die alone that night. Somebody saw everyone involved: the ones who left on foot, in boats, and in golf carts. They saw all those land owners who were too concerned about their property values they demanded a verdict of suicide. They saw all of those who fashioned this execution and cover-up. They have the power to burn these guilty parties no matter how much power and money they have. And it will happen. Nobody gets out of here alive. Then the smoothest, highest priced lawyer will do them no good.

2015 years 8 months ago

This is nothing but political retribution. A serious waste of taxpayer money. I read the article expecting to learn of some crime. The Asst DA was paid mileage, just like everyone of you would expect to be paid if you were travelling for your job. And the Good Ol’ Boy System dead? Sounds like it’s alive and better than ever, and we can include some Good Ol’ Girls in the system now.


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