Knox Mayor Burchett's campaign reports to get scrutiny

Knox Mayor Burchett's campaign reports to get scrutiny

Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett (file) Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett (file)

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - A hearing is set for Tuesday as state election officials look into irregularities in Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett's campaign finance records.

Questions about his finances were raised after checks written by Burchett's now ex-wife Allison surfaced. The checks showed she had written the checks to herself from Mayor Burchett's campaign fund.

In an affidavit filed last week with the Bureau of Ethics and Campaign Finance, the mayor claims his ex-wife used the money to pay personal bills and credit cards.

He denies knowing about those payments, saying Allison Beaver handled their personal and campaign finances.

His affidavit also states that the mayor's ex-wife demanded more money in the divorce and when he refused, she made allegations of campaign finance violations.

Beaver has said publicly in the past that she acted at Burchett's direction.

Burchett's attorney will meet with members of the Tennessee Registry of Election Finance on Tuesday to answer questions about the campaign reports.

Penalties of up to $10,000 per offense can be assessed to candidates who have filed false campaign reports.

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