2020-11-19 12:04

Would-be California mayoral candidate, another man charged with voter fraud ZtM世界播


Two men, including one who tried to run for mayor of a Southern California city, were charged with voter fraud Tuesday in a scheme in which they allegedly submitted thousands of false voter registration applications. ZtM世界播


No ballots were returned or tallied, the Los Angeles County elections office said. The alleged fraud was uncovered by that office in early October and sent to prosecutors. ZtM世界播


The plan centered on an attempt by Carlos Antonio De Bourbon Montenegro, 53, to run for the mayor of Hawthorne, according to a criminal complaint. It does not appear he made it on the ballot, and he is not listed as a candidate in online election results. ZtM世界播

根据一份刑事起诉书,该计划的核心是53岁的卡洛斯·安东尼奥·德波旁黑山(Carlos Antonio De Bourbon黑山)试图竞选霍索恩市长。他似乎没有出现在选票上,他也没有在网上选举结果中被列为候选人。ZtM世界播

Montenegro is charged with 41 counts, including conspiracy to commit voter fraud, voter fraud and perjury, the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office said in a statement Tuesday. ZtM世界播


Marcos Raul Arevalo is charged with more than a dozen counts. ZtM世界播

马科斯·劳尔·阿雷瓦洛(Marcos Raul Arevalo)被控十多项罪名。ZtM世界播

"Our checks and balances worked," Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk Dean C. Logan said in a video call aired by NBC Los Angeles. ZtM世界播

“我们的制衡起作用了,”洛杉矶县登记官兼记录员兼县办事员迪恩·C·洛根(Dean C.Logan)在NBC洛杉矶播出的视频通话中说。ZtM世界播

"We detected the oddities in these forms. We identified that there was something off with that. We reported it. It was investigated fairly quickly by our law enforcement," he said. ZtM世界播


The men are accused of submitting over 8,000 voter registration applications for "fictitious, non-existent or deceased persons," according to a criminal complaint. ZtM世界播


The district attorney's office said in a statement that the pair submitted "thousands of fraudulent voter registration applications on behalf of homeless people." ZtM世界播


Twenty-nine vote-by-mail ballots were sent out in early October, the criminal complaint says. Logan said that "as soon as we detected the suspicious nature of these, those were then flagged," and even if they had been returned those ballots would have been held and not counted. ZtM世界播


The scheme aimed to use post-office boxes and Montenegro's home to collect mail-ballots that would be cast for Montenegro, officials said. ZtM世界播


Montenegro is also accused of submitting 32 fake signatures on write-in candidate nomination papers in his bid to try and run for mayor. ZtM世界播


Logan, the elections official, said officials noticed voter applications coming in that "had a consistent pattern" of a repeated post-office box, incremental Social Security numbers and similar handwriting. ZtM世界播


Attempts to reach Montenegro by phone were not immediately successful Wednesday night. Online court records did not list an attorney who could speak on his behalf. ZtM世界播


If Montenegro is convicted as charged, he faces a maximum sentence of 15 years and 8 months in prison, the district attorney's office said. ZtM世界播


Hawthorne is a city of around 86,000 in the Los Angeles area. ZtM世界播


The charges come as President Donald Trump has baselessly claimed widespread voter fraud in the presidential election that he is projected to lose, and NBC Los Angeles reports that the Hawthorne case is being held up by officials as an example of how difficult it is to actually cheat the system. The county elections office calls cases of voter fraud extraordinarily rare. ZtM世界播

这些指控出台之际,唐纳德·特朗普(Donald Trump)总统毫无根据地声称,他预计将在总统选举中存在广泛的选民欺诈行为。NBC洛杉矶报道称,官员们举起了霍桑一案,作为一个例子,说明要真正作弊系统是多么困难。县选举办公室称,选民舞弊案件非常罕见。ZtM世界播

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