Former Tomah mayoral candidate, alderman accused of providing false information

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SPARTA, Wis. (WEAU) -- A former candidate for Mayor of Tomah is accused of lying on forms he signed to run for office.

Prosecutors filed felony charges of False Swearing against Le Roy Kelsey, 67, of Tomah on Thursday. Investigators say Kelsey signed Declaration of Candidacy forms for Tomah Alderman in December 2011 and Tomah Mayor in December 2013. The language on the forms includes the phrase "I have not been convicted of a felony in any court within the United States for which I have not been pardoned." A criminal complaint says Kelsey was convicted of felony Theft by Fraud around November 1990. The complaint goes on to say that Kelsey told investigators he assumed the felony had been reduced to a misdemeanor. He also said that he ended his campaign for mayor after receiving a letter from the attorney general earlier this month.

Kelsey served on the Tomah City Council, but resigned earlier this month. In a letter to City Administrator Roger Gorius dated March 7, Kelsey says that he is stepping down from his position "due to personal reasons." He's scheduled to appear in court on March 31.

Kelsey's name appears on a sample ballot sent to WEAU 13 News from the Tomah City Clerk's office Thursday. Gorius says that if Kelsey wins the popular vote on April 1, he would not be eligible to be sworn in as mayor. The city council would then appoint a successor to the mayor's position. Shannon Hough is also on the ballot as a mayoral candidate.

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