A Community High School District 128 board member and an administrative secretary were indicted Wednesday on perjury charges related to the circulation of election nominating papers, according to Lake County state’s attorney’s office officials.
The district includes Libertyville and Vernon Hills high schools.
Ellen Mauer, a board member for 12 years and current board secretary, has been indicted by a Lake County grand jury on four counts of perjury, officials said. The charge is a class 3 felony that carries a potential sentence of two to five years in prison upon conviction. It is also probationable.
Denise Zwit, secretary to district Superintendent Prentiss Lea and a district employee of more than three decades, was indicted on three counts of the same charge, authorities said.
Mauer, who is also a principal at Gurnee’s Spaulding School, said Wednesday that while she had been interviewed by investigators, she was not aware of anything involving her nomination papers. She said she would need to speak to someone about the indictment and added she didn’t have any additional comment.
Zwit also declined to comment when contacted Wednesday morning, saying she had not been notified.
A judge was expected to set bonds and preliminary court hearings for both Mauer and Zwit on Wednesday.
District spokesman Mary Todoric did not immediately return a request for comment from the school Wednesday morning.
Libertyville resident Tim Anderson said Wednesday he contacted the state’s attorney’s office after becoming suspicious of Mauer’s election petitions for the…
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