Two men in Los Angeles allegedly submitted over 8,000 registration applications on behalf of homeless people over a 4-month period and have been charged by authorities.
According to the Daily Caller, county officials announced a 41-count criminal complaint against Carlos Antonio DeBourbon Montenegro and Marcus Raul Arvelo.
“I think that this is an example of how the system is supposed to work, that if you see something and something is suspect, you report it and we investigate it,” Dean Logan, LA County’s top election official said.
“In this case, it was stopped before any harm to the election could happen,” he added.
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Montenegro failed to meet the required number of signatures to make the ballot, according to the Daily Breeze. A warrant was filed Nov. 12, according to a news release from the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.
The two men were reportedly charged with one count of conspiracy to commit voter fraud, eight counts of voter fraud, four counts of procuring and offering a false forged instrument and four misdemeanors for interfering with a prompt transfer of a completed affidavit, according to the Post. But Montenegro faces additional charges.
Montenegro faces up to 15 years and eight months in prison if convicted, while Arvelo could receive up to 7 years, the Post reported.
Hawthorne men accused in voter fraud plot to attain 8,000 mail ballots for "nonexistent or deceased" persons https://t.co/H7zFO6spUo
— Los Angeles Times (@latimes) November 18, 2020
The Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office said in a press release:
Two men have been charged in a 41-count criminal complaint for allegedly submitting thousands of fraudulent voter registration applications on behalf of homeless people, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced today.
Carlos Antonio De Bourbon Montenegro (dob 9/9/67), aka Mark Anthony Gonsalves, and Marcos Raul Arevalo (dob 3/15/86) were each charged in case BA491333 with one count of conspiracy to commit voter fraud, eight counts of voter fraud, four counts of procuring and offering a false or forged instrument and four misdemeanor counts of interference with a prompt transfer of a completed affidavit.
Montenegro faces an additional 10 counts of voter fraud, seven counts of procuring and offering a false or forged instrument, two counts of perjury and five misdemeanor counts of interference with a prompt transfer of a completed affidavit.
The case was filed for warrant on November 12.
Arraignment is scheduled today in Department 30 of the Foltz Criminal Justice Center.
Montenegro allegedly submitted more than 8,000 fraudulent voter registration applications between July and October 2020. The defendant also is accused of falsifying names, addresses and signatures on nomination papers under penalty of perjury to run for mayor in the city of Hawthorne.
If convicted as charged, Montenegro faces a possible maximum sentence of 15 years and eight months in state prison, while Arevalo faces a possible maximum sentence of seven years in prison.
The Public Integrity Division is prosecuting the case.
The case remains under investigation by the District Attorney’s Bureau of Investigation. The Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk’s Office, FBI, Covina Police Department and the California Secretary of State’s Office assisted in the initial investigation.
Multiple agencies assisted in the investigation, including the FBI, the Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk’s Office, the California Secretary of State’s Office and the Covina Police Department.