True the Vote Election Crimes Database

A nationwide compilation of election crimes prosecutions

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State Defendant Co-Defendants Sex Date Election D/R Charged Convicted Type1 Type2 Type3 # Charges # Fraudulent Votes / Election Margin Description Sentencesort descending Source1 Source2 Source3 Source4 Source5 Follow Up
Virginia Ben Ellis Cooper (former mayor) Betty Bolling Don Houston Estridge Jamie Fritz Adam Brody Sharrett Belinda C. Sharrett Dennis Martin Sharrett Kevin Lee Sharrett Owen "Andy" Sharrett Owen "Dude" Sharrett Benjamin G. Surber M 2004-05 Municipal D 2006-03 Vote Buying Absentee/Mail Illegal assistance 243 Ben Ellis Cooper, ex-mayor of Appalachia, was charged with 243 counts of election fraud including vote buying, absentee ballot fraud, stealing ballots, destroying ballots, illegal assistance, voting more than once. Cooper pleaded guilty to 233 felony counts, and took the Alford plea on 10 other counts, which the court treats as guilty pleas. http://www.roanoke.com/webmin/news/top-cop-mayor-indicted/article_ce4fc42f-6931-... http://www.documentcloud.org/documents/399943-virginia-fraud-cases.html http://www.ejfi.org/Voting/Voting-91.htm http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1589704/posts
Virginia Owen "Andy" Sharrett (former council member) Betty Bolling Ben Ellis Cooper Don Houston Estridge Jamie Fritz Adam Brody Sharrett Belinda C. Sharrett Dennis Martin Sharrett Kevin Lee Sharrett Owen "Dude" Sharrett Benjamin G. Surber M 2004-05 Municipal D 2006-03 Absentee/Mail Illegal assistance Multiple Voting Owen "Andy" Sharrett was involved with a group of 14 individuals in Wise County charged with a total of 269 alleged violations of conspiracy, tampering with absentee ballots and forgery. He was charged with stealing/defacing ballot box/records/documents, voting more than once and illegal assistance. Pleaded guilty January 2007. http://www.roanoke.com/webmin/news/top-cop-mayor-indicted/article_ce4fc42f-6931-... http://www.documentcloud.org/documents/399943-virginia-fraud-cases.html http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1589704/posts http://www.ejfi.org/Voting/Voting-91.htm
Virginia Belinda Carolyn Sharrett (former clerk at town hall) Betty Bolling Ben Ellis Cooper Don Houston Estridge Jamie Fritz Adam Brody Sharrett Dennis Martin Sharrett Kevin Lee Sharrett Owen "Andy" Sharrett Owen "Dude" Sharrett Benjamin G. Surber F 2004-05 Municipal D 2006-03 Absentee/Mail Belinda Carolyn Sharrett was involved with a group of 14 individuals in Wise County charged with a total of 269 alleged violations of conspiracy, tampering with absentee ballots and forgery. Pleaded guilty December 2006. http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1589704/posts http://www.ejfi.org/Voting/Voting-91.htm
Virginia Betty Bolling Ben Ellis Cooper Don Houston Estridge Jamie Fritz Adam Brody Sharrett Belinda C. Sharrett Dennis Martin Sharrett Kevin Lee Sharrett Owen "Andy" Sharrett Owen "Dude" Sharrett Benjamin G. Surber F 2004-05 Municipal D 2006-03 Ineligible Voting Multiple Voting Illegal assistance Betty Bolling was involved with a group of 14 individuals in Wise County charged with a total of 269 alleged violations of conspiracy, tampering with absentee ballots and forgery. Charged with unqualified person voting and voting more than once or assisting. Guilty. http://www.documentcloud.org/documents/399943-virginia-fraud-cases.html http://e-edition.timesnews.net/article/3721477/retired-postal-worker-sentenced-t... http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1589704/posts
Virginia Owen "Dude" Sharrett (former director of the town's Parks and Recreation Department) Betty Bolling Ben Ellis Cooper Don Houston Estridge Jamie Fritz Adam Brody Sharrett Belinda C. Sharrett Dennis Martin Sharrett Kevin Lee Sharrett Owen "Andy" Sharrett Benjamin G. Surber M 2004-05 Municipal D 2006-03 Absentee/Mail Owen "Dude" Sharrett was involved with a group of 14 individuals in Wise County charged with a total of 269 alleged violations of conspiracy, tampering with absentee ballots and forgery. Pleaded guilty January 2007. http://www.roanoke.com/webmin/news/top-cop-mayor-indicted/article_ce4fc42f-6931-... http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1589704/posts http://www.ejfi.org/Voting/Voting-91.htm
Virginia Adam Brody Sharrett Betty Bolling Ben Ellis Cooper Don Houston Estridge Jamie Fritz Belinda C. Sharrett Dennis Martin Sharrett Kevin Lee Sharrett Owen "Andy" Sharrett Owen "Dude" Sharrett Benjamin G. Surber M 2004-05 Municipal D 2006-03 Absentee/Mail Adam Brody Sharrett was involved with a group of 14 individuals in Wise County charged with a total of 269 alleged violations of conspiracy, tampering with absentee ballots and forgery. Pleaded guilty January 2007. http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1589704/posts http://www.ejfi.org/Voting/Voting-91.htm
Virginia Kevin Lee Sharrett Betty Bolling Ben Ellis Cooper Don Houston Estridge Jamie Fritz Adam Brody Sharrett Belinda C. Sharrett Dennis Martin Sharrett Owen "Andy" Sharrett Owen "Dude" Sharrett Benjamin G. Surber M 2004-05 Municipal D 2006-03 Absentee/Mail Kevin Lee Sharrett was involved with a group of 14 individuals in Wise County charged with a total of 269 alleged violations of conspiracy, tampering with absentee ballots and forgery. Pleaded guilty December 2006. http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1589704/posts http://www.ejfi.org/Voting/Voting-91.htm
Virginia Dennis Martin "Boogie" Sharrett Betty Bolling Ben Ellis Cooper Don Houston Estridge Jamie Fritz Adam Brody Sharrett Belinda C. Sharrett Kevin Lee Sharrett Owen "Andy" Sharrett Owen "Dude" Sharrett Benjamin G. Surber M 2004-05 Municipal D 2006-03 Absentee/Mail Dennis Martin "Boogie" Sharrett was involved with a group of 14 individuals in Wise County charged with a total of 269 alleged violations of conspiracy, tampering with absentee ballots and forgery. Pleaded guilty December 2006. http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1589704/posts http://www.ejfi.org/Voting/Voting-91.htm
Virginia Benjamin Graham Surber (former Appalachia chief law enforcement officer Betty Bolling Ben Ellis Cooper Don Houston Estridge Jamie Fritz Adam Brody Sharrett Belinda C. Sharrett Dennis Martin Sharrett Kevin Lee Sharrett Owen "Andy" Sharrett Owen "Dude" Sharrett M 2004-05 Municipal D 2006-03 Absentee/Mail Benjamin Graham Surber was involved with a group of 14 individuals in Wise County charged with a total of 269 alleged violations of conspiracy, tampering with absentee ballots and forgery. http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1589704/posts
Virginia Jamie Fritz (former mail carrier) Betty Bolling Ben Ellis Cooper Don Houston Estridge Adam Brody Sharrett Belinda C. Sharrett Dennis Martin Sharrett Kevin Lee Sharrett Owen "Andy" Sharrett Owen "Dude" Sharrett Benjamin G. Surber 2004-05 Municipal Absentee/Mail Jamie Fritz was involved with a group of 14 individuals in Wise County charged with a total of 269 alleged violations of conspiracy, tampering with absentee ballots and forgery. Pleaded guilty December 2006. http://www.ejfi.org/Voting/Voting-91.htm

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