Hancock County elected official, associate accused of buying votes

Wayland Rhea and Lowell King (source: TBI)
Wayland Rhea and Lowell King (source: TBI)

SNEEDVILLE (WATE) – A Hancock County elected official and his associate have been indicted in a vote buying investigation.

Wayland Dean Rhea, 67, and Lowell Ray King, 66, are each charged with two counts of voter bribery. Tennessee Bureau of Investigation says special agents began investigating them in July 2014 and learned that Rhea, the elected mayor of Sneedville, and King paid or offered to pay money to a voter to induce support for a candidate in a county election.

Both were indicted Monday by a grand jury and turned themselves in. Each was booked on $20,000 bond.

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