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State Year Name Type of Case Type of Fraud
StateNorth CarolinaYear2022NameOdalinda Mondragon-ArroyoCase TypeDiversion ProgramFraud TypeFalse Registrations

Odalinda Mondragon-Arroyo was charged by the federal government with naturalization fraud, making a false statement in an immigration proceeding, misuse of legal documents, and making a false claim of U.S. citizenship to register to vote. Mondragon-Arroyo, a citizen from Mexico and thus ineligible to vote, admitted the conduct and entered into a pretrial diversion program for 12 months. Her charges were dropped upon completion of the program.

Source: herit.ag/41v0xOX , herit.ag/3RwluV1 , herit.ag/48q6gYl

StateNorth CarolinaYear2021NameByron Rene Benavides-CamposCase TypeDiversion ProgramFraud TypeFalse Registrations

Byron Rene Benavides-Campos was charged by the federal government with naturalization fraud, making a false statement in an immigration proceeding, misuse of legal documents, and making a false claim of U.S. citizenship to register to vote. Byron Rene Benavides-Campos, a citizen from El Salvador and thus ineligible to vote, admitted the conduct and entered into a pretrial diversion program for 12 months. His charges were dropped upon completion of the program.

Source: herit.ag/478ZYeI , herit.ag/3v2JfMM , herit.ag/3tpe2TH

StateNorth CarolinaYear2021NameIkechukwu Agustine OkekeCase TypeDiversion ProgramFraud TypeIneligible Voting

Ikechukwu Agustine Okeke was charged by the federal government with making a false claim of U.S. Citizenship in order to register to vote. Okeke, a citizen from Nigeria and thus ineligible to vote, admitted the conduct and entered into a pretrial diversion program for 12 months. Her charges were dropped upon completion of the program. 

Source: herit.ag/3ty1Xvi , herit.ag/3ty29L2 , herit.ag/41AwA00

StateNorth CarolinaYear2021NameJose Abraham NavarroCase TypeDiversion ProgramFraud TypeIneligible Voting

Jose Abraham Navarro was charged by the federal government with making a false claim of U.S. citizenship in order to register to vote and voting in the 2016 General Election. Navarro, a citizen from Mexico and thus ineligible to vote, admitted the conduct and entered into a pretrial diversion program for 12 months. His charges were dropped upon completion of the program. 

Source: herit.ag/3RB0Z9E , herit.ag/41BvFMO , herit.ag/41vPchm

StateNorth CarolinaYear2021NameGabriela Guzman-MiguelCase TypeDiversion ProgramFraud TypeIneligible Voting

Gabriela Guzman-Miguel was charged by the federal government with making a false claim of U.S. citizenship in order to register to vote and voting in the 2016 Primary Election and General Election. Gabriela Guzman-Miguel, a citizen from Mexico and thus ineligible to vote, admitted the conduct and entered into a pretrial diversion program for 12 months. Her charges were dropped upon completion of the program.

Source: herit.ag/3v5UZ0Z , herit.ag/4asGSDh , herit.ag/4atjSnD

StateNorth CarolinaYear2019NameDenis Javier MirandaCase TypeDiversion ProgramFraud TypeIneligible Voting

Denis Javier Miranda was charged by the federal government with making a false claim of U.S. Citizenship in order to register to vote. Miranda, a citizen from Nicaragua and thus ineligible to vote, admitted the conduct and entered into a pretrial diversion program for 12 months. His charges were dropped upon completion of the program.

Source: herit.ag/3ty1R6U , herit.ag/48L6QAr , herit.ag/3Nzff1u

StateNorth CarolinaYear2019NameFathy Ahmed Nasser Almalikie aka…Case TypeDiversion ProgramFraud TypeIneligible Voting

Fathy Ahmed Nasser Almalikie was charged by the federal government with making a false claim of U.S. Citizenship in order to register to vote. Almalikie, a citizen from Yemen and thus ineligible to vote, admitted the conduct and entered into a pretrial diversion program for 12 months. His charges were dropped upon completion of the program. 

Source: herit.ag/48rCS3Z , herit.ag/486PfTv , herit.ag/48u2xsQ

StateMarylandYear2018NameMichael Nana BaakoCase TypeCriminal ConvictionFraud TypeIneligible Voting

Michael Nana Baako, of Ghana, a non-citizen and therefore an ineligible voter, voted 10 times in federal elections. Baako was charged with four counts of passport fraud, illegally voting by an alien, falsely claiming U.S. citizenship and federal passport fraud charge. He pleaded guilty to a federal passport fraud charge and was sentenced to 15 months' imprisonment, followed by 3 years of supervised release.

Source: https://herit.ag/3x5RqTN, Case Number: GC15007564-00

StateNorth CarolinaYear2018NameJose Cruz Solano-Rodriguez Case TypeCriminal ConvictionFraud TypeIneligible Voting

Jose Cruz Solano-Rodriguez, of Mexico, pleaded guilty to one count of voting by an alien. He was one of nineteen non-citizens prosecuted in the Eastern District of North Carolina for illegally voting in the 2016 election. Solano-Rodriguez also faced a second charge that he falsely claimed citizenship in order to register to vote, but that charge was dropped as part of a plea agreement. Solano-Rodriguez was ordered to pay a $100 fine and a $25 special assessment.

Source: Case No. 2:18-cr-00029-BO, https://herit.ag/3zLTNNz, https://herit.ag/2ULKPB9, https://herit.ag/3x7rxTU

StateNorth CarolinaYear2018NameGuadalupe Espinosa-PenaCase TypeCriminal ConvictionFraud TypeIneligible Voting

Guadalupe Espinosa-Pena, a lawful permanent resident, was assisted by his girlfriend Denslo Allen Paige, a former poll worker, in making a false claim of citizenship and illegal voting. He was found guilty of one count of illegal voting by an alien and was sentenced to one month in prison and a year of probation.

Source: https://herit.ag/3y86sdj

StateNorth CarolinaYear2018NameMaria Rufina Castillo-BoswellCase TypeCriminal ConvictionFraud TypeIneligible Voting

Maria Rufina Castillo-Boswell, of the Philippines, pleaded guilty to one count of voting by an alien. She was one of nineteen non-citizens prosecuted in the Eastern District of North Carolina for illegally voting in the 2016 election. Castillo-Boswell also faced a second charge that she falsely claimed citizenship in order to register to vote, but that charge was dropped as part of a plea agreement. She was sentenced to one year of probation and fined $600. 

Source: Case No. 7:18-cr-00135-D, https://herit.ag/3y85HAJ, https://herit.ag/3zFegn5, herit.ag/44PYKUr

StateNorth CarolinaYear2018NameDora Maybe Damata-RodriguezCase TypeCriminal ConvictionFraud TypeIneligible Voting

Dora Maybe Damata-Rodriguez, of Panama, pleaded guilty to one count of voting by an alien. She was one of nineteen non-citizens prosecuted in the Eastern District of North Carolina for illegally voting in the 2016 election. Damata-Rodriguez also faced a second charge that she falsely claimed citizenship in order to register to vote, but that charge was dropped as part of a plea agreement. She is awaiting sentencing.

Source: Case No. 7:18-cr-00133-FL, https://herit.ag/3x2G7fn, https://herit.ag/3lg7cJR

StateIllinoisYear2017NameMiguel Valencia-SandovalCase TypeCriminal ConvictionFraud TypeIneligible Voting

Miguel Valencia-Sandoval, an illegal immigrant from Mexico, admitted that he paid $50,000 in March 2005 for the birth certificate of a Texas man, Ramiro Guerrero-Vasquez. Using that stolen identity, he resided in Champaign County, IL for the past eleven years. His false identity was discovered when he applied for a U.S. passport in 2012 and made a false statement of U.S. citizenship on the application. Further investigation revealed he similarly made a false claim of citizenship on a voter registration application and voted in elections in 2012, 2014, and 2016. Valencia-Sandoval pleaded guilty to five counts, four of which relate to voting while not a citizen. After spending a year in jail following his apprehension for trying to illegally re-enter the United States, he was sentenced to time served in January 2018. He will be deported back to Mexico.

Source: https://herit.ag/373gEI3, https://herit.ag/3zIkrGU, https://herit.ag/3y9ytBa, https://herit.ag/3rAHy3o

StateNorth CarolinaYear2016NameDiana Patricia Franco-RodriguezCase TypeCriminal ConvictionFraud TypeIneligible Voting

Diana Patricia Franco-Rodriguez was charged by the federal government with one count of voting by an alien and one count of false claim of U.S. Citizenship. Harris voted in the 2016 election despite not being eligible to vote as a permanent resident and a citizen of Mexico. She pleaded guilty one count of voting by an alien and was assessed fines and fees of $1,000.

Source: https://herit.ag/46vngLw , https://herit.ag/47fMMpj

StateNorth CarolinaYear2016NameRuth Elizabeth BranCase TypeDiversion ProgramFraud TypeIneligible Voting

Ruth Elizabeth Bran was charged by the federal government with eight felony counts including false claim of U.S. Citizenship, procurement of citizenship or naturalization unlawfully, false statements, and voting by an alien. Bran voted in the 2016 presidential election despite being ineligible. She pleaded guilty to felony charges of false claim of U.S. citizenship in order to register to vote, naturalization fraud, fraud and misuse of visas, permits, and other documents, and false statement in an immigration proceeding and entered into a pretrial diversion program for 12 months, and the charges were dropped after completion of the program.

Source: https://herit.ag/3QOguuG , https://herit.ag/3QNtj8A , https://herit.ag/3G8Z9rp

StateWisconsinYear2016NameNebi AdemiCase TypeCriminal ConvictionFraud TypeIneligible Voting

Nebi Ademi, 63, a native of Macedonia who resides in Chippewa Falls, successfully cast a ballot in the April 2016 primary election, despite his status as a non-citizen. Ademi filled out a same-day registration, leaving blank the question about his citizenship. District Attorney Steve Gibbs noted that poll workers "should have caught this" and recommended, based on his determination that Ademi had not deliberately broken the law, that the charges against him be changed from election fraud to disorderly conduct. Ademi pleaded no contest. He was ordered to pay $443 in court costs.

Source: bit.ly/2lwffRw, bit.ly/2lpUgSk

StateFloridaYear2014NameJames Webb BakerCase TypeCriminal ConvictionFraud TypeMiscellaneous

James Webb Baker, of Seattle, pleaded guilty to ID Fraud and intimidation of voters. Responding to perceived suppression of Hispanic voters who favored Democrat candidates, Baker mailed fake county election documents to Palm Beach County, Florida, residents demanding proof of citizenship to avoid having their voter registrations cancelled. Nearly 200 residents were targeted, all with connections to the Republican Party.

Source: https://herit.ag/3i71VSN

StateIowaYear2014NameAbel Hernandez-LabraCase TypeCriminal ConvictionFraud TypeIneligible Voting

In 2014, Abel Hernandez-Labra, an illegal alien from Mexico, pleaded guilty to making false statements in a passport application, aggravated identity theft, making a false claim of U.S. citizenship to register to vote, and voting in the 2012 general election. He was sentenced to 51 months in prison, 3 years of supervised release, and fined $5,000.

Source: https://herit.ag/3l5Qgp4, https://herit.ag/2VheVMp, https://herit.ag/2UXQ6p3

StateFloridaYear2012NameJosef SeverCase TypeCriminal ConvictionFraud TypeIneligible Voting

Josef Sever was charged and convicted of illegal voting. Sever was a Canadian citizen who nonetheless cast a ballot in two presidential elections. He also lied about his citizenship status to obtain a firearm. He was convicted and sentenced to five months in prison and almost certain deportation to Canada.

Source: https://herit.ag/3zMyfAt

StateTexasYear2012NameJacob Awuol BaracCase TypeDiversion ProgramFraud TypeIneligible Voting

Jacob Barac pleaded guilty to misdemeanor charges after admitting that he signed a voter application attesting to his citizenship despite his permanent resident status, which made him ineligible to vote. Barac claimed that he had requested the ballot so that his roommate could vote, and then filled it out himself. He was sentenced to five years of supervised probation and 40 hours of community service.

Source: https://herit.ag/3rB1Qdd

StateIllinoisYear2009NameAnthony KimaniCase TypeOfficial FindingFraud TypeIneligible Voting

Anthony Kimani, a citizen of Kenya, illegally registered and voted in the 2004 general election. Kimani first entered the United States on a visitor's visa, which expired in 2000. He remained in the country illegally, later applying for permanent residency after marrying a U.S. citizen in 2003. Kimani was ordered deported after officials discovered his illegal vote. Kimani admitted to voting, but claimed "entrapment by estoppel," specifically indicating that the form he filled out for a driver's license included an option to register to vote. The three judge panel on the Seventh Circuit rejected the argument, pointing out that Kimani had falsely claimed U.S. citizenship on that form, and affirmed his deportation.

Source: https://herit.ag/377vBZH, https://herit.ag/2ZoOFm4

StateTexasYear2007NameDebra BrisenoCase TypeCriminal ConvictionFraud TypeFalse Registrations

A former Port Lavaca city councilwoman was sentenced to five years in prison for registering non-citizens to vote and tampering with government documents. During the trial, she acknowledged that she did not ask registrants about their citizenship, nor did she inform them that only United States citizens are eligible to vote. Illegal voting is a third-degree felony.

Source: https://herit.ag/3nuYTcp

StateColoradoYear2005NameAjmal ShahCase TypeCriminal ConvictionFraud TypeIneligible Voting

Ajmal Shah was convicted in 2005 on two counts of voter fraud after Shah attempted to register to vote by providing fabricated information regarding U.S. citizenship. Shah was sentenced to time served, in addition to one year of supervised release for the first count and three years of supervised release for the second count, to be served concurrently, and fined $200 in fees.

Source: https://herit.ag/3BKpp7T

StateFloridaYear2005NameUsman Ali ChaudharyCase TypeCriminal ConvictionFraud TypeIneligible Voting

On May 18, 2005, a jury found Usman Ali Chaudhary, also known as Usman Ali, guilty of making a false claim regarding his citizenship status on his driver's license and voter registration applications. Chaudhary was sentenced to three years' probation, $3,000 in fines, and $100 in court costs.

Source: https://herit.ag/2UUr767

StateNorth CarolinaYear2003NameJoshua WorkmanCase TypeCriminal ConvictionFraud TypeIneligible Voting

Joshua Workman, a Canadian citizen who was one of the youngest delegates to the 2000 Republican National Convention, was charged by the Department of Justice with casting ineligible votes during the 2000 and 2002 primary and general elections in Avery County. He made false statements claiming U.S. citizenship in order to vote. As part of a plea agreement, Workman pleaded guilty to a federal misdemeanor charge of providing false information to election officials and subsequently returned to Canada.

Source: https://herit.ag/2UTbYSA, bit.ly/2fmg7FW