Election Law Violation Charges Filed
PIERRE, S.D.- Attorney General Marty Jackley announces that two separate Complaints have been filed charging Annette Bosworth, 42 , Sioux Falls and Clayton Walker, 33, Rapid City with election law violations. The Complaints have been filed in Hughes County where the nominating petitions were filed and are accompanied with a Probable Cause Affidavit setting forth the investigation conducted by the South Dakota Division of Criminal Investigation. Counts 1A- 1-F of both Complaints charge offering false or forged instrument for filing and constitute Class 6 felonies each punishable maximum sentence of two years imprisonment and/or $4,000 fine. Counts 2A-2F of both Complaints charge perjury and constitute Class 6 felonies each punishable maximum sentence of two years imprisonment and/or $4,000 fine.
“The election complaints received by the Secretary of State involve conduct that is serious, deliberate, and must be addressed in order to preserve the integrity of our elections. Because this is a federal elected office, I have and will continue to discuss the investigation with federal authorities,” said Jackley.
The case is being investigated by the Division of Criminal Investigation and prosecuted by the Attorney General’s Office. A tentative initial appearance date is scheduled for June 23 at 9:00 a.m. at the Hughes County Courthouse. Bosworth and Walker are presumed innocent until such time as the state proves the allegations beyond a reasonable doubt.
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