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Former Arizona state senate candidate indicted

By the CNN Wire Staff
  • A failed Arizona state Senate candidate is indicted on fraud, theft and forgery charges
  • Robert Green allegedly faked records to get state matching funds

(CNN) -- A candidate who ran and lost in the Republican primary for an Arizona state senate seat has been indicted on accusations that he defrauded the state's election fund, the state attorney general's office said Tuesday.

Robert Green, 37, of Phoenix is charged with fraud, theft, forgery and perjury for attempting to illegally collect more than $21,000 in matching funds for his campaign.

According to the attorney general's office, Green is accused of lying about receiving contributions that would have qualified him to receive state matching funds.

The accusations include claims that Green gave himself contributions which he then listed as coming from others on forms filed with the state, and that he misled investigators to cover up what he had done.

The scheme began in 2009 and continued through the primary election, the attorney general's office alleges.