A former Lake County coroner has been indicted by a grand jury on perjury charges, the sheriff’s office announced Wednesday.
The charges against Dr. Thomas Rudd, which include five counts of perjury, stem from a one-year investigation brought to law enforcement's attention by "members of the community," officials said.
Rudd clashed publicly with law enforcement in Lake County during his time as coroner.
But those investigators now say he broke the law while running for re-election last year. Police say some of the signatures on his nominating petitions were fake and others were from dead people.
Rudd withdrew his name from re-election last year after acknowledging mistakes were made with his nominating petitions.
Detective Christopher Covelli said the investigation was not tied to two recent high-profile cases in the county, including the suicide of now-disgraced officer Joe Gliniewicz.
A Lake County judge, following the indictment, issued a $150,000 arrest warrant for Rudd.