Indicted Columbus-area elections chief placed on leave

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A county elections director in Ohio who was indicted on charges of theft and tampering with evidence has been placed on administrative leave.

The Columbus Dispatch ( ) reports the Franklin County’s elections board says Director William Anthony Jr. was suspended with pay until the board’s Aug. 1 meeting. Board members say they are seeking more information about the indictment.

The newspaper reports that Anthony declined to comment.

Last week’s indictment stems from allegations that he knowingly approved inaccurate timesheets for a fiscal officer who was paid for time she didn’t work. The charges against the Democrat follow an investigation by the Republican state auditor.

Anthony has described the indictment as “bogus,” suggesting it was a political ploy by the auditor. An auditor’s spokesman has said it’s not about politics.


Information from: The Columbus Dispatch,