BRIDGETON, Mo. — We first informed you the way Andrew Purcell was getting paid to signify Missourians whereas residing in Illinois. After looking for him for weeks, FOX 2 lately caught up with him.
“Mr. Purcell, Chris Hayes right here with FOX 2. I’ve been calling. I’ve knocked in your door. What’s your response to residing in Illinois and getting paid as a Bridgeton councilman?”
Purcell walked away as he answered, “I’ve no remark at the moment.”
That’s only the start of our questions for the now-former Bridgton councilman.
Bridgeton Mayor Terry Briggs informed us final month how Purcell stopped displaying up for conferences in November 2021. The mayor later realized Purcell had registered to vote at the moment in Carterville, Illinois.
“Is that like stealing? You’re solely speculated to be paid in case you proceed to serve,” Briggs mentioned.
Briggs puzzled in regards to the $2,500 value of wage Purcell collected as an absentee.
It seems Purcell was concurrently attempting to run for workplace in Williamson County, Illinois, about 140 miles away. The Republican Get together there realized he was getting paid as a Bridgeton councilman, in order that they introduced him right into a court docket listening to to seek out out the place he was actually residing.
Right here’s what Purcell mentioned on the Electoral Board Listening to on March 25, 2022: “It’s my rivalry, below oath, that I’m a resident of Williamson County and have been since March 1st of 2021.”
Throughout that yr’s time, Purcell would have taken $6,000 value of wage from Bridgeton.
Purcell didn’t reply greater than ten cellphone calls, or a private go to to a house listed in his identify, however we realized he was nonetheless returning to Bridgeton for a bowling league – so we caught up with him there.
When requested if he was going to pay again the cash, Purcell responded: “I’ve no remark at the moment.”
FOX 2’s Chris Hayes then requested, “You have been a prosecutor – does this rise to a felony?”
Purcell once more repeated, “I’ve no remark at the moment,” as he walked into the bowling alley.
Purcell is now not a Bridgeton councilman, having misplaced the latest April election by 71 votes. We’ve additionally confirmed he’s below prison investigation for what we’ve uncovered on FOX 2.