Attorney General Schuette to File Criminal Charges in McCotter Case
Charges stem from investigation into 'unprecedented level' of fraud surrounding Thaddeus McCotter's failure to qualify for the ballot to retain Congressional seat.
Criminal charges will be filed in the case surrounding former U.S. Rep. Thaddeus McCotter's (R-Livonia) failure to qualify for the ballot to keep his seat in Michigan's 11th Congressional District, MLive is reporting.
Attorney General Bill Schuette will announce the charges at an 11 a.m. news conference Thursday, MLive reported. Schuette's spokeswoman Joy Yearout said more than one person will be charged, the report said.
According to MLive, Michigan's Bureau of Elections Director Chris Thomas has said his staff discovered an "unprecedented level" of fraud, including photocopied petition pages possibly reused from an earlier campaign.
McCotter resigned his seat July 6, citing a "nightmarish month and a half."
The sudden resignation prompted a $650,000 special primary election on Sept. 5 for a race to temporarily fill McCotter's seat through the end of his term in addition to the general race to fill the seat for a full term.
Both the race to temporarily fill McCotter's seat and the general race for the 11th District seat will appear on ballots Nov. 6.