Former Lake County coroner indicted on perjury charges over election documents

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WAUKEGAN -- A grand jury indicted former Lake County coroner Thomas Rudd on five counts of perjury, the Lake County Sheriff's Office announced Wednesday.

Undersheriff Lake County Undersheriff Raymond J. Rose said the indictments center around nominating petitions submitted by Rudd when he was seeking re-election in 2016. Rose said several of the petitions were challenged but were withdrawn by Rudd before hearings could begin.

"Citizens came forward to us to let us know there were issues with these nominating petitions and wanted us to investigate," Rose said.

The perjury counts are class 3 felonies. A Lake County judge issued a $150,000 arrest warrant for Rudd, according to police.

Rudd said the investigation has been ongoing since January of 2016, and that more indictments could be coming in relation to the case.

Special Prosecutor Brian Towne said each of the counts involves an individual page of the nominating documents where Rudd allegedly indicated he was the circulator who got the signatures.

"He alleged he was the circulator and that was a knowingly false statement," Towne said.