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Posted: Thursday, January 30th 2003 at 11:58am

Cracker Barrel PAC employee indicted

LEBANON, TENNESSEE - The former treasurer of a political action committee operated by Cracker Barrel Old Country Store Incorporated has been arraigned on charges of stealing more than $70,000 from the organization.

Thirty-two-year-old Larry Forth Junior of Nashville, Tennessee, was arraigned Wednesday on charges of theft over $60,000, theft over $10,000 and seven counts of forgery.

Forth is former treasurer of the PAC known as Citizens for Political Accountability. He was indicted December tenth.

The indictment alleges Forth forged checks on the PAC's account between January 1999 and August 2002.

A spokeswoman for the restaurant chain told The Lebanon (Tennessee) Democrat newspaper that unusual transactions in the PAC's funds were found in a routine year-end financial review. Spokeswoman Julie Davis also said the company has since recovered the lost money.

She said Forth left the company in October 2002.

Forth was manager of political affairs for the National Restaurant Association in Washington, D.C., from January 1997 until April 1998.

According to Forth's resume, he has also worked for the Tennessee Restaurant Association and former U.S. Representative Roy Rowland of Georgia.

Paul Housche, Forth's lawyer, declined comment on the charges except to say he has asked that Forth be given pretrial diversion. Under that, a defendant is placed on probation-like status and charges are retired if certain conditions are met.

Cracker Barrel, based in Lebanon, has 466 restaurants in 41 states.
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