Thaddeus McCotter staffers will stand trial in campaign scandal

McCotter staffers charged with conspiracy, other crimes for submitting phony petitions

Published On: Oct 23 2012 06:24:42 AM EDT   Updated On: Oct 23 2012 11:18:27 AM EDT
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DETROIT -

A judge has ordered two men who worked for a Detroit-area congressman to stand trial in a campaign scandal.

Paul Seewald and Don Yowchuang are charged with conspiring to get then-U.S. Rep. Thaddeus McCotter on the ballot with bogus petitions. Yowchuang also is charged with forgery, and both men also face misdemeanors.

The attorney general's office says Livonia Judge Sean Kavanagh announced the decision Tuesday after hearing testimony earlier this month. A Circuit Court arraignment is Nov. 6

Officials say McCotter's staff turned in less than the 1,000 valid signatures needed to get on the August primary ballot. Some petitions were photocopied and cut and pasted from previous years.

McCotter has not been charged.

READ: AG Office McCotter investigation report

READ: McCotter fraud examples

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--Former McCotter staffers who are charged

McCotter resigns following signature snafu

The republican turned in 2,000 signatures on May 15, but a review found many of the signatures were duplicates and out of date. Only a couple hundred appeared valid.

He needed 1,000.

McCotter forged signature example

After he was told he wouldn't make the August primary ballot because of the failed requirement, McCotter had initially said he would run as a write-in candidate. But he announced his resignation in July.

The Republican from Livonia had served five terms in the 11th Congressional District.