Carroll, NH state rep charged with voting fraud and theft

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CARROLL — Former New Hampshire State Representative Troy E. Merner has been arrested on charges including a class B felony count of wrongful voting, Attorney General John M. Formella announced today.

The charges stem from an incident where Merner allegedly voted in the March 8 town election in Lancaster despite not being domiciled there for voting purposes.

The wrongful voting charge could result in a sentence of up to 7 years in prison and a $4,000 fine.

Additionally, a conviction would lead to the loss of voting rights in New Hampshire.

Merner, 63, from Carroll, is also facing a class A misdemeanor count of theft by deception for falsely claiming Lancaster residency on mileage cards used for travel reimbursements from the state, resulting in payments under $1,000.

Furthermore, Merner has been charged with misdemeanor counts of unsworn falsification and tampering with public records related to the submission of a mileage card with a false address on or about Sept. 12.

The misdemeanors could carry a penalty of up to one year in the House of Corrections and a fine of up to $2,000.

Merner, who is presumed innocent until proven guilty, is scheduled to be arraigned on Dec. 28 at 1 p.m. in Coos County Superior Court.

The Election Law Unit and the Public Integrity Unit are conducting an active and ongoing investigation into the case.

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