The newly-elected Indiana Secretary of State, Charlie White, is facing new charges only one week after he was indicted on seven felony counts, including voter fraud, perjury, theft and financial fraud – all stemming from allegations that he lied about his address on government and loan documents.
The theft charge stems from allegations that he took a paycheck from a local town council after the date he claimed to have moved.
Two special prosecutors have asked the Indiana inspector general to investigate whether White improperly accessed a file prepared by former Secretary of State Todd Rokita detailing evidence against him, after he took over the office in January.
The file contained a special report which was prepared for the Indiana Recount Commission, which in December, decided 2-1 that White was eligible to run for office even though he wasn’t properly registered at the time.
The report was given to the prosecutors, John Dowd and Dan Sigler, who presented the information to the Hamilton County grand jury. The grand jury indicted White based on the evidence.
Only last week, White was indicted on charges that he voted in Hamilton County in the May 2010 primary using the address of his ex-wife. He claims that it was an honest mistake and blamed it on his busy schedule.
Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels called for White to step down but White said in a statement “I believe the evidence will prove that I did not intentionally break any laws. But more importantly, I will continue to do the job I was elected to do and carry on serving the needs of Hoosier taxpayers.”
White won by a large margin in the November election. If convicted, he will be required to step down from office.