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Ind. election chief’s job on line in fraud trial

FILE – This June 8, 2011, file photo shows Indiana Secretary of State Charlie White in Indianapolis. White faces voter fraud charges Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2012, in a case that could decide if he remains as the state’s top election official. Prosecutors claim White fraudulently used his ex-wife’s address on his voter registration form in the May 2010 primary when he actually had a condo elsewhere with his fiancee. They also allege that he collected his Fishers Town Council salary after moving out of that district. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings, File)

FILE – This June 8, 2011, file photo shows Indiana Secretary of State Charlie White in Indianapolis. White faces voter fraud charges Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2012, in a case that could decide if he remains as the state’s top election official. Prosecutors claim White fraudulently used his ex-wife’s address on his voter registration form in the May 2010 primary when he actually had a condo elsewhere with his fiancee. They also allege that he collected his Fishers Town Council salary after moving out of that district. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings, File)

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NOBLESVILLE, Ind. (AP) — Prosecutors have begun building their case in the fraud and perjury trial that could cost Indiana Secretary of State Charlie White his job.

A human resources officer at an Indianapolis law firm and a builder and mortgage closing officer involved in his purchase of a Fishers condo testified Tuesday that he listed the condo as his primary residence on employment and loan documents. It’s different than the address he listed on voting records and the license for his second marriage in 2010.

If the Republican officeholder is convicted on any one of the seven felony counts he faces, it would force him from office.

White has maintained his innocence and resisted calls to resign as Indiana’s top elections officer.

The trial in Noblesville is expected to last into next week.

Associated Press


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