PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - The husband of former U.S. Senate candidate Annette Bosworth made his first court appearance Monday after being indicted in connection with his wife’s 2014 campaign, which left her with a conviction on 12 felony counts.
Chad Haber appeared at the Hughes County Courthouse. He has been charged with one count each of perjury and offering false or forged instrument for filing.
At issue is a nominating petition Haber submitted for his wife’s Senate campaign, according to the August indictment, but further details are scarce. A former candidate for state attorney general, Haber has said the charges are unfounded.
Haber faces a maximum penalty of four years in prison and $8,000 in fines. He said during the hearing that he plans to hire an attorney and said he has “lots of questions” about the charges.
The Hughes County state’s attorney is prosecuting the case. Haber’s next court appearance is Dec. 1.
A jury in May found Bosworth guilty of six counts each of perjury and filing false documents in connection with her campaign petitions. She avoided serving prison time when a judge handed down a suspended sentence in July.
She was out of the country on a medical mission during the period her petitions were circulating, yet attested to witnessing people signing them. Under state law, the person circulating petitions must witness the signings from registered voters.
Bosworth blamed bad advice from a former attorney and political consultant.
The South Dakota Board of Medical and Osteopathic Examiners voted last month to revoke Bosworth’s medical license because of her conviction. She is appealing the conviction and the licensing board decision.
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