Former Prince William County Registrar Michele White has been indicted by a grand jury for corruption.
Attorney General Jason Miyares announced Wednesday that a local grand jury indicted White.
She is charged with corrupt conduct as an election official and willful neglect of duty as an election official between Aug. 1 and Dec. 31, 2020, and with making a false statement by an election official between Nov. 3 and Nov. 10, 2020.
In a statement Wednesday, the county Registrar’s Office said White’s conduct did not impact the outcome of any election, but did not comment on any specific allegations.
White held the post from February 2015 until her resignation in April 2021. Current Registrar Eric Olsen assumed the role Nov. 8.
White resigned after an emergency meeting of the Electoral Board to discuss her tenure, according to the Prince William Times.
White was indicted Tuesday and had a hearing in Prince William Circuit Court Wednesday morning. It is unclear what occurred during the hearing.
No other court dates have been scheduled.
The grand jury indictments only listed the crimes with which White is charged and do not provide additional information on the case.
The Registrar’s Office statement said Olsen reported “these discrepancies to the Commissioner of Elections and State Board of Elections earlier this year that led to this investigation by the Attorney General of Virginia.”
“In 2022, the Electoral Board and new Director of Elections have built an entirely new leadership team that is dedicated to fair and accurate elections,” the statement says. “Many improvements and best practices have been adopted to ensure a safe and transparent voting experience for the voters of Prince William County.”
Miyares’ announcement cited the three sections of state law under which White was charged, but they provide little detail about the specific crimes with which she is accused.
Two of the sections say any officer “on whom any duty is enjoined by law relative to any election, is guilty of willful neglect of his duty, he shall be guilty of a Class 1 misdemeanor.” That section provides for a misdemeanor if the conduct is “in the execution of his duty.”
The only other section cited refers to “Any willfully false material statement or entry made by any person in any statement, form, or report required … shall constitute the crime of election fraud.”
Miyares’ Office said it would not provide further comment on the cases.