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Man charged with theft of fundraising money from Kingsport's canceled GOP forum

Hank Hayes • Jan 16, 2013 at 12:39 PM

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation today arrested a Greeneville man for stealing money raised by his political action group in charge of organizing a GOP presidential forum scheduled for October 2011 at the MeadowView Marriott in Kingsport.

The event was never held.

Fabian Farrell Story, 36, was indicted by a Washington County grand jury in November of 2012 on one count of theft over $10,000. Story was the executive director of the group called Conservatives on the Move, allegedly coordinating the political event.

The TBI says Story contacted Johnson City political activist Phyllis White on July 1, 2011, to help him raise money and organize the event. White raised approximately $30,000 and deposited it in a Washington County bank. The TBI investigation revealed that Story withdrew the money and it was not refunded to the donors.

Story was arrested by the TBI at the Rutherford County court house where he was appearing on a child support case. He was booked into the Rutherford County Jail on $10,000 bond and will be transported to the Washington County Jail tomorrow.

For more on this story read Thursday's print edition of the Times-News.

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