Prosecutors delved into documents regarding Charlie White’s home loan and employment during his trial Tuesday to try to show that he lived in a townhome with his new wife when he claimed to be sharing a home with his ex-wife. They say they’ll also present records that show the Indiana secretary of state has lived at the townhome since late 2009. Confusion over White’s address from late 2009 through 2010 led a grand jury to indict him on seven felony charges, including theft and voter fraud, in March. If convicted of any of those charges, he’ll lose his elected position and face prison time.
White is accused of using his ex-wife’s address to vote in the May 2010 primary, even though he had already moved into the townhome. White, a former Fishers Town Council representative, also continued to take his salary from the council even though the townhome was outside his district. He later resigned from the council and gave back part of his salary. White has denied living at the townhome with his then-fiancee because, he says, the two didn’t want to live together before marriage. He has said the whole thing was a mistake and that he was too busy to notice he needed to change his voter registration.
But prosecutors presented documents and witnesses Tuesday to prove otherwise. They showed emails between White and Tammi Kaeser, who sold him the townhome, to try to prove White moved into it in November 2009, months before he used his ex-wife’s address to vote in the May 2010 primary. Kaeser also testified that she saw White at the townhome often.