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Ex-Charlottesville candidate admits election fraud

Wednesday - 3/7/2012, 9:56am  ET

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) - A former Charlottesville City Council candidate faces up to 10 years in prison for using a false address on campaign filings.

Media outlets report that James Robert Halfaday pleaded guilty Tuesday in Charlottesville Circuit Court to one count of election fraud.

Under a plea agreement, prosecutors won't pursue three other election fraud counts.

Prosecutors say Halfaday no longer lived at an address he listed on campaign paperwork that he filed for the 2011 election.

The 32-year-old Democrat finished last out of seven candidates in the August 2011 primary.

Sentencing is set for July 5.


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