Senior Indiana official convicted of perjury, fraud
NOBLESVILLE, Indiana |
NOBLESVILLE, Indiana (Reuters) - A jury early on Saturday convicted Indiana's Republican Secretary of State Charlie White on six felony counts including perjury, theft and voter fraud but cleared him on a seventh charge.
The jury reached its verdict at 2:28 a.m. local time after deliberating for about 12 hours. The jurors acquitted White of fraud on a financial institution.
White, 42, was indicted last year on seven counts stemming in part from accusations that he lied about his home address while serving on the Fishers Town Council so that he could retain a stipend.
Council members are elected to represent a district and must resign if they leave that area.
White had maintained he was living in the basement of his former wife's home within the district he represented. Prosecutors introduced documents they said told a different story - that he lived outside the district with his fiancée.
State law requires Republican Governor Mitch Daniels to appoint a new secretary of state if White resigns or is removed from office following a felony conviction.
White, an attorney and a former chairman of the Republican Party in
Prosecutors submitted document after document, including cellular telephone records, in seeking to prove White deceived people while serving on the council.
The seven-count indictment contended that White lied on his marriage license application and on an application to vote in a special election.
Using his former wife's address allowed White to retain a $1,000-a-month stipend for his council seat and continue to pursue his political ambitions, prosecutors said.
White's defense attorney, former
Brizzi dismissed the cell phone records as not providing a precise location of where White was calling from and said the state's case was based on assumptions and innuendo. The defense called no witnesses to testify on White's behalf.
White is a former chairman of the Republican Party in
No date was set for sentencing.
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