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Indicted Columbus-Area Elections Chief Placed On Leave

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Franklin County's elections director, who was indicted on charges of theft and tampering with evidence, has been placed on administrative leave.

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.

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.