When Joseph “Trey” Hollingsworth III set his sights on an Indiana congressional seat, opponents quickly criticized him as a multimillionaire carpetbagger from Tennessee.
Now an Associated Press review of public records shows that Hollingsworth’s company filed papers in five states that legally obligate the 33-year-old executive to live outside Indiana in order to represent his company’s interests.
As a “registered agent” for Hollingsworth Capital Partners, the Republican is simultaneously required to live in Virginia, North and South Carolina, Georgia and Ohio so any legal papers can be served.
In at least two of those states, it is a misdemeanor crime to submit a false document.
Hollingsworth also signed similar paperwork in Missouri. The form he signed says at the top “agent and address must be in the State of Missouri.”
Hollingsworth’s campaign insists the filings were simply a clerical mistake and vowed to fix the error after the AP raised the issue this week.
Barbara Brosher contributed to this report.