True the Vote Election Crimes Database

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State Defendant Co-Defendants Sex Date Election D/R Charged Convictedsort descending Type1 Type2 Type3 # Charges # Fraudulent Votes / Election Margin Description Sentence Source1 Source2 Source3 Source4 Source5 Follow Up
New Jersey Angel Colon Samuel Gonzalez (husband of Teresa Ruiz) John Fernandez Gianine Narvaez Edwin Cruz Jonathon Kowalski Antonio Santana Joaquin Caceres Angel Colon Sorinette Rosario 2007-11 General Assembly/State Senate (state Sen. Teresa Ruiz) D 2009-08 Absentee/mail Impersonation Forgery Angel Colon, an employee of the City of Newark Office of Affirmative Actiona and former campaign worker for state Sen. Teresa Ruiz (D-Essex), was sentenced to three years in prison for submitting fraudulent ballots in her 2007 election. Colon, pleaded* guilty to election fraud in July 2011, admitting he submitted messenger ballots on behalf of voters in the Essex County-based 29th District without their knowledge. In January 2012, state Superior Court Judge Thomas Sumners Jr. sentenced Colon to five years probation. The Attorney General's Office sought three years in prison, consistent with a plea bargain that had been struck, and the appellate court agreed, saying the crime required Colon to serve prison time. The standard is five to 10 years in prison. "Justice demanded that Colon serve a state prison sentence, in accordance with his guilty plea,” acting state Attorney General John Hoffman said. Colon’s fiancée, Sorinette Rosario, 31, of Belleville, an employee of the Newark Welfare Department, was also charged. *Plea deal: 3 years in prison http://www.nj.com/politics/index.ssf/2014/03/former_essex_county_campaign_worker... http://www.nj.com/news/index.ssf/2011/07/nj_campaign_worker_admits_elec.html http://njtoday.net/2009/12/01/essex-county-freeholder-indicted-for-ballot-fraud/
Connecticut James M. Brown M 2009 Democratic Primary, municipal D Absentee/Mail Illegal Assistance An investigation by the Connecticut State Elections Enforcement Commission determined that Brown, who assisted with Lydia Martinez’s campaign for city council, had violated laws pertaining to the dissemination and completion of absentee ballots. (Connecticut State Elections Enforcement Commission - File #2009-101) $300 fine, prohibited for four years from soliciting absentee ballots/distributing absentee ballot applications and required to comply with elections law. http://seec.ct.gov/e2casebase/data/fd/FD_2009_101.pdf
New Jersey Loudes Inoa Rigo Rodriguez Lissette Rodriguez Juan Jimenez Belkis M. Cespedes Ana Vely-Gomez Lucia A. Guzman Inocencio Jimenez Jose Ramon Ruiz Dalila Rodriguez Octavio A. Dominguez Juana A. Gil Jose E. Gonzalez Loudes Inoa Ricardo A. Fermin-Cepeda Wilson A. Torres 2010-05 Paterson city council D 2010-12 Absentee/mail Ballot tampering Loudes Inoa of Paterson ; Jose E. Gonzalez of Paterson; Juana A. Gil of Paterson; Octavio A. Dominguez of Elmwood Park; Dalila Rodriguez of Paterson, and Wilson A. Torres of Paterson were charged with third-degree voter fraud and third-degree tampering with public records. Jose Ramon Ruiz of Prospect Park, Inocencio Jimenez of Paterson; Lucia A. Guzman of Paterson; Ana Vely-Gomez of Paterson; and Belkis M. Cespedes of Paterson were arrested on charges of second- and third-degree voter fraud and third-degree tampering with public record. Ricardo A. Fermin-Cepeda of Paterson, was charged with second- and third-degree voter fraud and third-degree tampering with public records but is currently a fugitive. The defendants all allegedly acted as bearers/messengers for mail-in (absentee) ballots. The complaint summonses allege that the defendants tampered with mail-in ballots and/or voted mail-in ballots on behalf of voters who did not receive the ballots or who did not authorize them to vote for them. http://www.nj.gov/oag/newsreleases10/pr20101202b.html
Ohio Kathleen Dreamer (Board of Elections assistant ballot department manager) F 2004 General OTHER Jacqueline Maiden and Kathleen Dreamer, election board members, were accused of election crimes related to a ballot recount following the 2004 presidential election. Maiden and Dreamer were convicted and sentenced to 18 months in prison, but the sentence was overturned and they were granted a retrial. Both ultimately pleaded no contest. Initially sentenced to 18 months in prison, but that was later overturned. Ultimately pleaded no contest and put in diversion program. http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/local/2007/11/05/cleveland_recount.html
Maryland Linda Earlette Wells F 2012-11 General 2013-07 In Person Impersonation - deceased Registration fraud-impersonation 3 1 Maryland state prosecutors indicted a Montgomery County woman, Linda Earlette Wells, of Winding Creek Place in Germantown, for reactivating her deceased mother's voter registration and casting a provisional ballot under her name in the 2012 General Election.  Wells, 67, was charged with impersonating a voter in order to register in the name of the voter, attempting to vote under a false name and impersonating another person in an attempt to vote.  In September 2013, Wells pleaded* guilty to voting fraudulently in the 2012 presidential election. Montgomery County Circuit Court Judge Paul Weinstein sentenced her to probation before judgment.  According to a statement of facts that Wells agreed to when pleading guilty, she was not registered to vote in Maryland at the time of the election, but was actually registered to vote in Florida. *Plea deal: Probation, for 1 count of voting fraudulently http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/maryland/politics/blog/bs-md-illegal-voting-ind... http://osp.maryland.gov/2014/02/27/2013-jul-30-linda-earlette-wells-indictment/ http://osp.maryland.gov/2014/02/27/2013-sept-11-linda-earlette-wells-agreed-stat...
Colorado Corrie Houck (former candidate for city council) F 2015 Denver municipal D 2016-01 Petition fraud Forgery 13 0 Corrie Houck was charged with 13 counts of forgery and perjury for forging signatures on her candidate petition. Houck, a Democrat who ran for Denver City Council District 2’s seat, allegedly knew about the forged signatures but signed off on the petition anyway.  More than half the signatures on Houck's petitions did not match the signatures on file for the voters named. Three voters listed on Houck's petitions were dead and had been for some time. Houck also submitted a signature for an election judge's mother, who is known to have Alzheimer's disease and her caretaker says she did not sign the petition. The Denver District Attorney's Office charged Houck with one count of attempting to influence a public servant  and six counts of forgery, all felonies, plus six misdemeanor counts of perjury. https://www.scribd.com/doc/294649081/Corrie-Houck-Charging-Document-and-Affidavi... http://kdvr.com/2016/01/04/dead-people-big-bird-other-allegedly-forged-signature...
Wisconsin Orlando Maclin M 2010 Ineligible felon voting 2 1 Orlando Maclin was charged with Voting by Disqualified Person (Felon) (Felony Class I) and Providing False Information to Election Official (Felony Class I). http://www.maciverinstitute.com/2010/10/acorn-worker-pleads-guilty-to-vote-fraud...
Connecticut Mark Rutkowski M Absentee Ballot Fraud A complaint was made that Mark Rutkowski didn't return a list of individuals to whom he distributed absentee ballot applications. Matter dismissed. Dismissed
Georgia Delorise Loughry (campaign official) F 2010-02 Petition Fraud Accused of nomination petition fraud. Pleaded guilty. (State Elections Board Case #2008-00661094981, Appling County) $400 fine, cease and desist order and public reprimand https://assets.documentcloud.org/documents/369066/georgia-response-with-cases.pd...
Mississippi Fredrick M. Jackson M Registration fraud Pleaded guilty to false registration as qualified elector. (Case #2010-0879, Madison County) 5 years in county jail, with release after serving 4 years. Thereafter, 1 year of supervised probation. http://www.documentcloud.org/documents/400863-mississippi-madison-county-with-ca...

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