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Former Tomah mayoral candidate facing new felony charges

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Judge's Gavel By Brian Turner (Flickr: My Trusty Gavel) [CC-BY-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
Judge's Gavel By Brian Turner (Flickr: My Trusty Gavel) [CC-BY-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

TOMAH, Wis. (WSAU) -- A former Tomah city councilman and mayoral candidate is being charged for felony false swearing in a government setting.

67-year-old LeRoy Paul Kelsey served as an alderman in Tomah, and was seeking the mayor’s job in the spring election. He is now entirely out of public office, after admitting to being convicted of a felony in 1990. LeRoy Kelsey was convicted of taking nearly $7,000 from the American Legion in Sparta back in 1990.

The new charges say Kelsey lied on his nomination papers by saying he had not been convicted of a felony. Kelsey told investigators that since he had served his time and paid restitution, he assumed it was dropped to a misdemeanor. It was not, so he ended his campaign.

Kelsey’s name will still be on the April 1st ballot, but he cannot actively campaign. If he were to win the spring election, Kelsey would not be sworn into office because of the past felony.

He will make an initial appearance on the charges March 31st before Judge Todd Ziegler in Monroe County.

 

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