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Schantz Sentenced For Illegal Voting Conviction




Roger Schantz

Roger Schantz

Roger Schantz, 76, Murrells Inlet, S.C., was sentenced to seven days at the Corrections Center of Northwest Ohio after pleading guilty to charges related to illegal voting.

Schantz, an Archbold native and 1954 Archbold High School graduate, was sentenced Tuesday, Sept. 18, in Fulton County Common Pleas Court for two counts of illegal voting.

In addition to the jail term, Schantz was placed on one year of community control. He was ordered to pay a $500 fine, and the cost of prosecution.

His voting privileges in any local, state, or federal elections were revoked.

If he fails to comply with any aspect of his sentence, he could be sent to prison for eight months.

March

The case was originally made public March 23, when Jon Husted, Ohio Secretary of State, issued a press release announcing that a man who registered to vote in Fulton County in 2006 may have also been a registered voter in South Carolina since 2002.

The Husted press release said the man might have voted in both states in 2008 and 2010.

Husted turned the case over to the Ohio Attorney General.

The attorney general offi ce then passed the investigation to Scott Haselman, Fulton County prosecuting attorney. That detail was announced in an article in the April 4 issue of this newspaper.

Identified

The Fulton County grand jury handed down a sixcount indictment against Schantz on June 18. All six counts were for illegal voting.

A press release from the prosecutor office first identifi ed Schantz publicly; information appeared on the Archbold Buckeye website on Wednesday, June 20, and in the print edition on June 27.

The indictment alleged Schantz voted or attempted to vote in four elections between Nov. 4, 2008 and March 6, 2012, and allegedly attempted to vote more than once in the same election.

Court records indicate Schantz entered a guilty plea to two counts of the indictment on July 13. The remaining four counts were dismissed.

A spokesman of the Georgetown County, South Carolina solicitor office said Schantz has not been prosecuted there.

Property

In addition to Schantz’s South Carolina address, a condominium at 308 Park Place, Archbold, is owned by “Roger D. Schantz, trustee,” information from the Fulton County Auditor office website states.

Until recently, the owner of the property had been receiving a discount on property taxes because it was his primary residence.


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