The Indiana Court of Appeals is set to hear oral arguments next week in former Indiana Secretary of State Charlie White’s appeal of his perjury, theft and fraud conviction. The hearing is set for 1 p.m. Dec. 9. White’s appeal came after a Hamilton Superior Court judge denied his request to overturn his 2012 conviction of six Class D felony charges. He filed the request in March 2013, saying that his attorney, former Marion County Prosecutor Carl Brizzi, failed to provide effective counsel. The criminal charges against White stemmed from his residency while he served on the Fishers Town Council. He claimed that he lived at his ex-wife’s home on the east side of Fishers. But prosecutors said he actually lived in a townhouse on the opposite side of town with his then-fiancee. The townhouse was outside his council district, but he continued to take his council salary and vote in the precinct of his former residence.
White also alleged in his motion for post-conviction relief that he had been singled out and prosecuted for the same thing done by many other elected officials.
White was convicted in February 2012, a little more than a year after the former Hamilton County GOP chairman was elected secretary of state. He was convicted of three counts of voter fraud, two counts of perjury and one count of theft, all class D felonies, and was sentenced to one year of home detention. He was removed from office after his conviction, which made him ineligible to hold the state post.
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