Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

House Candidate `Wanted' Arrest Warrants Issued over Checks

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

House Candidate `Wanted' Arrest Warrants Issued over Checks

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Jacksonville police may want to attend the candidate forums in

Florida's 4th Congressional District race.

If so, they'll be able to serve the five outstanding arrest

warrants on Gregg Trude, who has announced plans to challenge

U.S. Rep. Tillie Fowler in the Republican primary.

The warrants charge Trude with writing bad checks in 1992 and

1993.

"Really? Wow!" Trude said yesterday when told of the warrants.

"What's the public going to say? I'm a human being. I made a

mistake. I didn't even know about them. Nobody even told me

about them."

Trude said he'll make good on the checks this afternoon and

noted that the U.S. House of Representatives had its own problem

with bad checks in 1992 when it was revealed that some members

regularly bounced checks at the House bank.

"I guess that means I would just fit right in," Trude said.

Trude pleaded no contest in 1990 to two misdemeanor charges of

writing bad checks and ended up paying court costs after the

judge withheld adjudication of guilt. Prosecutors dropped a

felony bad check charge against him in 1989.

Writing a bad check is a felony if the check is for $150 or

more. Bad checks for less than that are misdemeanors.

Trude has until noon today to write a check for $10,020 to

qualify for the 4th District race.

He has until police catch up with him to make good on his bad

checks for $22.10, $20.77 and $28.78 to Winn Dixie, $30 to A1A

Family Eye Care and $131.73 to Home Depot. Warrants for Trude's

arrest were issued when he failed to respond to requests to make

good on the checks.

What's important, Trude said, are the issues in the campaign

not that he has made mistakes.

"I'm a human being," he said. "I inhaled. I'm divorced. I've

had pre-marital sex."

Trude, who describes himself as a conservative Christian, said

voters will forgive and forget that he has made mistakes "just

like every other human being in this world. …

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