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Gillette contractor sentenced to prison for forging license

GILLETTE (WNE) — A local contractor will spend up to three years in prison for forging a contractor’s license issued by the city of Gillette — the second time he was accused of crimes in the construction industry.

Christopher Gore, 37, was sentenced Nov. 3 by District Judge John R. Perry to 18 to 36 months in prison for forgery. He also was sentenced to the same period for a probation revocation for theft, with the sentences to be served concurrently.

Gore was accused of providing a bank with altered documents to show that he had a valid contractor’s license through the city of Gillette even though that license was revoked in 2017.

But his license showed up in February 2019 as having a valid date beginning seven months later and continuing into September 2020. A bank questioned whether the city authorized licenses so far in advance. Gore reportedly had presented the license as he asked for a line of credit to do a “spruce up” job on a foreclosed home.

Police discovered that city licenses are never issued in advance and must be renewed annually by the Board of Examiners. The license Gore submitted had the signature from that board’s chairman — a man who hadn’t been in that position and signing licenses since January 2017.

Prosecutor Nathan Henkes argued for prison for Gore, noting it was his sixth known felony, and that he had been on probation when he committed two previous offenses.

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