Columbus-area elections chief charged with theft in office


COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The county elections director in Ohio’s capital has been charged with theft in office and tampering with documents over allegations that he knowingly approved inaccurate timesheets for a fiscal officer who was paid for time she didn’t work.

William Anthony Jr. faces charges similar to those against the former employee, who resigned last year.

Anthony told The Columbus Dispatch (http://bit.ly/29XMesk ) the indictment is “bogus” but didn’t comment further.

Members of the Franklin County election’s board say they’ll review Anthony’s status. The charges against the Democrat follow an investigation by the state auditor, a Republican.

A Democrat on the board, Greg Haas, says the case “reeks of politics.”

But the auditor’s spokesman says it’s not about politics and notes that a Republican mayor was charged in a different case.

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Information from: The Columbus Dispatch, http://www.dispatch.com

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