Leslie McCrae Dowless, a politician at the center of a Republican congressional campaign in North Carolina tainted with evidence of vote fraud, was indicted by a grand jury under seven counts, announced Wednesday a prosecutor.
Dowless, who was working for Mark Harris, Republican Party candidate in the 9th Congressional District, was arrested and charged with three counts of obstructing justice, two counts of conspiracy to commit it and two counts of possession of mail ballots the Wake County Attorney's Office said.
Election officials in North Carolina ordered a new contest in the district last week, ending a multi-month long investigation into irregularities with postal ballots. The council voted unanimously to wipe out the November results between Harris and Democrat Dan McCready.
Harris, an evangelical minister from Charlotte, had collected 905 votes in unofficial votes. He announced on Tuesday that he would not show up for the new elections.