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Former candidate accused of faking military record for gun permit

Staff Report • Jan 3, 2014 at 1:04 PM

ABINGDON, Va. — A former candidate for local office was arrested Thursday on accusations that he forged military records to obtain a concealed weapons permit.

Washington County Sheriff Fred Newman said the investigation into Timothy Mark Mowery's actions began in late September during a heated Board of Supervisors’ race in the Wilson District of the county.

Mowery, of Bristol, was a candidate for a seat on the board.

The investigation revealed that much of Mowery's information regarding rank, medals, decorations, awards, citations and military education, as well as specialized training and military operations in which he served, listed on his military DD 214 (Certificate of Release or Discharge From Active Duty) form was false, Newman said in a news release.

The fake form initially was used in June of 2007 to satisfy the firearm safety training qualification requirements needed to obtain a concealed weapons permit. Mowery succeeded in obtaining the permit.

Mowery was charged with perjury, forging a document, and uttering a document. He was released from jail on a $3,000 bond.