North Carolina Prosecutors: 24 More Charged In Voter Fraud Probe

Written by Martin Walsh

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Federal prosecutors in North Carolina said that 24 additional people have been charged in an ongoing probe into voter fraud, including two who are accused of illegally voting in the 2016 presidential election.

Two of the defendants were charged earlier this year with unlawful voting in the 2016 general election, a news release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office for eastern North Carolina said.

More than 15 other defendants, including four whose indictments were unsealed Friday, were charged with falsely claiming U.S. citizenship to register to vote, according to a list the government released of those charged and their nationalities.

The two charged with unlawful voting also are accused of false claims of citizenship.

Several people also have been charged with naturalization fraud and the misuse of immigration visas and other documents.

“Those charged face jail time and fines of up to $350,000 if convicted,” the Epoch Times noted.

Those charged are listed as being from Mexico and several Central American countries, as well as from France, Yemen, Iraq and Nigeria, and other countries.

Each defendant was charged individually, and there are no conspiracy charges, according to the news release.

The first charges were filed in September 2019 and arrests have continued into this month, according to information provided by prosecutors. The defendants face possible prison time and fines.

In August 2018, the U.S. attorney in Raleigh announced charges against 19 non-U.S. citizens, accusing them of illegally voting in the 2016 election.

Prosecutors at the time said the investigation into voting fraud was ongoing.

Soon after, it became public that then-U.S. Attorney Bobby Higdon employed subpoenas issued on behalf of Immigration and Customs Enforcement in order to try to obtain voting records from the North Carolina elections board and more than 40 county boards.

This is the second major voter fraud case to hit the news.

The DuPage County State’s Attorney’s Office has filed felony election fraud charges against five individuals in connection with the 2020 general election.

According to the Illinois state’s attorney’s office, all five individuals are facing one felony charge of perjury in connection to the election code.

According to prosecutors, three of the individuals are accused of trying to cast a ballot for someone other than themselves.

Two other individuals, both of whom reside in Austin, Texas, claimed to have lived in a DuPage County address for thirty or more days prior to the general election, but investigators determined that they had lied about their residency in order to vote.

In 2016, the county went 53.1 percent for Hillary Clinton and 38.6 for Donald Trump, and in 2020, similarly went 58 percent for Joe Biden and 39.9 percent for Donald Trump.

Last week, a judge signed arrest warrants for the five suspects, and each person’s bail was set for $1,000.

Earlier this month, a justice of the peace and three others in Texas were arrested and face 150 charges of voter fraud.

Medina County Justice of the Peace Tomas Ramirez was arrested last month and is facing one count of organized election fraud, one count of assisting voter voting ballot by mail, and 17 counts of unlawful possession of a ballot or ballot envelope.

Ramirez was arrested after a Bandera Grand Jury indicted him, Leonor Rivas Garza, Eva Ann Martinez, and Mary Balderrama on Feb. 9.

Garza, Martinez, and Balderrama each face one charge of organized election fraud, as well as multiple counts of illegal voting, unlawful possession of a ballot or ballot envelope, election fraud, and other charges.

Ramirez was elected to serve as a justice of the peace in Medina County in 2018. He has since been suspended from the position in light of the charges.