Ex-candidate: Former campaign manager stole records

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FORSYTH CO., N.C. — Bruce Peller, who lost the Democratic primary for the 5th Congressional District seat, is accusing his former campaign manager, Christopher Church, of stealing information about 10,000 current and former patients from a computer at Peller’s dental practice.

Church has fired back, accusing Peller of emailing him the information and telling him to call the patients to support his congressional campaign. Peller disputes that.

Elizabeth Motsinger, a member of the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County school board, defeated Peller in the May 8 primary and will challenge incumbent Republican Virginia Foxx in the November election.

Before the primary, Peller fired Church and reported to police that Church had written checks to himself from Peller’s campaign checkbook without providing invoices. That investigation is continuing. Church has denied any wrongdoing.

In a news release Monday, Peller said he notified the patients about the alleged data breach. He filed a complaint and a motion for a preliminary injunction May 29 against Church in Forsyth Superior Court, asking that Church return any records he has. Peller has not pursued criminal charges.

This article was written by Michael Hewlett and originally published by The Winston-Salem Journal. Click here to read the full story.