Staffer for ex-Rep. McCotter sentenced in signature scandal

A staffer for former Rep. Thaddeus McCotter (R-Mich.) was sentenced to 20 days in a work program for fraudulently stating that she collected signatures to get McCotter on the 2012 ballot.

McCotter, who briefly ran for president in this cycle, abruptly resigned from Congress in July after making a rambling statement in which he said he wanted to spend more time with his family. Soon after, it came out that several of his staffers may have been involved in fraud related to collecting signatures needed to keep his name on the ballot.

According to the Detroit News, a judge ruled that O’Brady must serve 20 hours of community service as well as 18 months' probation. The judge also said jail time could be involved if O'Brady refuses to pay a $500 fee for the work program, and other fines of $2,625.

Two other McCotter staffers will stand trial — Paul Seewald and Don Yowchuang, both of whom are being accused of forgery and conspiracy.

The Detroit News said McCotter himself testified in October during a preliminary hearing for Seewald and Yowchuang, and said he was told valid signatures were being collected for his campaign. Only 244 of the 2,000 signatures McCotter’s campaign turned in were deemed to be valid; candidates are required to collect 1,000.