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State Year Name Type of Case Type of Fraud
StateIllinoisYear2018NameMarcello VillaruzCase TypeCriminal ConvictionFraud TypeIneligible Voting

Marcello Villaruz and his wife Gina claimed to be U.S. citizens when they voted in the 2016 presidential election. Marcello was charged with two felony counts of perjury, but, as part of a plea agreement, pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor disorderly conduct charge. Marcello Villaruz was sentenced to six months of probation and ordered to pay a $200 fine and to complete 20 hours of community service.

Source: trib.in/2zdkpt9, bit.ly/2zfRy7E

StateIllinoisYear2018NameGina VillaruzCase TypeCriminal ConvictionFraud TypeIneligible Voting

Gina Villaruz and her husband Marcello claimed to be U.S. citizens when they voted in the 2016 presidential election. Gina was charged with two felony counts of perjury, but, as part of a plea agreement, pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor disorderly conduct charge. Gina Villaruz was sentenced to six months of probation and ordered to pay a $200 fine and to complete 20 hours of community service.

Source: trib.in/2zdkpt9, bit.ly/2zfRy7E

StateIllinoisYear2018NameYvette YustCase TypeCriminal ConvictionFraud TypeIneligible Voting

Yvette Yust, a resident of Waukegan, claimed to be a citizen in order to vote in the 2016 presidential election. Yust was charged with two felony counts of perjury, but, as part of a plea agreement, pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor disorderly conduct charge. Yust was sentenced to six months of probation and ordered to pay a $200 fine and to complete 20 hours of community service.

Source: trib.in/2zdkpt9, bit.ly/2zfRy7E

StateIllinoisYear2018NameThomas RuddCase TypeCriminal ConvictionFraud TypeBallot Petition Fraud

Thomas Rudd, a former coroner in Lake County, Illinois, was charged with five felony counts of perjury for making false statements on nominating petitions for his 2016 re-election. Rudd signed the petitions, falsely indicating he had been personally present when voters signed them, and later made the same claim under oath. Prosecutors alleged that 15-20 petition signatures were falsified, including one in the name of a person who had been dead for over 10 years. The felony charges were dismissed as part of a plea deal, and Rudd pleaded guilty to five misdemeanor charges of disregard of the election code. He was given 24 months of probation, ordered to pay two $5,000 fines, and was barred from public employment for five years.

Source: trib.in/2MRf3Js, bit.ly/2vLytJc

StateIllinoisYear2018NameJanet PokryfkeCase TypeCriminal ConvictionFraud TypeDuplicate Voting

Janet Pokryfke voted twice in the November 2016 election. She entered an Alford. Per her plea agreement, she was convicted of one misdemeanor count of disregarding the election code while two felony double voting charges and one perjury charge were dropped. Pokryfke was sentenced to six months of probation, and was ordered to complete 20 hours of community service and pay a $200 fine.

Source: bit.ly/2zlhPkP

StateIllinoisYear2018NameEllen MauerCase TypeCriminal ConvictionFraud TypeBallot Petition Fraud

During her 2017 campaign for the High School District 128 board, Ellen Mauer signed four nomination petitions to be placed on the ballot as a candidate, falsely claiming she was present when voters signed them. Mauer initially faced felony perjury charges, but a plea deal saw those charges reduced to misdemeanor counts of disregard of the election code. Mauer pleaded guilty and was sentenced to one year of court supervision, and was ordered to complete 75 hours of public service, pay a $750 fine, and make a $250 donation to the Zacharias Sexual Abuse Center.

Source: bit.ly/2PcAd6y, trib.in/2BiqLf6

StateIllinoisYear2018NameDenise ZwitCase TypeCriminal ConvictionFraud TypeBallot Petition Fraud

Denise Zwit, assistant to the High School District 128 Superintendant, signed three nomination petitions for school board president Patrick Groody, falsely claiming she was present when voters signed them. Zwit initially faced felony perjury charges, but a plea deal saw those charges reduced to misdemeanor counts of disregard of the election code. Zwit pleaded guilty and was sentenced to one year of court supervision, and was ordered to complete 75 hours of public service, pay a $750 fine, and make a $250 donation to the Zacharias Sexual Abuse Center.

Source: bit.ly/2PcAd6y, trib.in/2BiqLf6

StateIllinoisYear2018NameCalvin Borders, Jr.Case TypeCriminal ConvictionFraud TypeFalse Registrations

Calvin Borders, Jr., along with his son, daughter, and his son's girlfriend, registered to vote using a vacant lot on Jefferson Street in Brooklyn, Illinois. None of them lived in the city. After an investigation by the Public Corruption Task Force, he pleaded guilty to perjury in violation of the election code and was sentenced to probation with special conditions.

Source: bit.ly/2MPkRU4, bit.ly/2MggG7v

StateIllinoisYear2018NameJesse JohnsonCase TypeCriminal ConvictionFraud TypeDuplicate Voting

Jesse Johnson was convicted of voting twice in the 2016 primary elections, once for a Republican and once for a Democrat. Johnson, who had previously been convicted on weapons and drug charges, was charged with perjury after the St. Clair County Public Corruption Task Force detected his effort to vote twice. Johnson was convicted and, owing to his prior criminal record, was sentenced to two years in Illinois state prison.

Source: bit.ly/2SonSh8, bit.ly/2Sqf0rz

StateIllinoisYear2018NameCalvin Borders IIICase TypeCriminal ConvictionFraud TypeFalse Registrations

Calvin Borders III, along with his father, sister, and girlfriend, registered to vote using a vacant lot on Jefferson Street in Brooklyn, Illinois. None of them lived in the city. Borders III pleaded guilty to perjury and was sentenced to probation with special conditions.

Source: bit.ly/2MPkRU4, bit.ly/2MggG7v

StateIllinoisYear2018NameCandice BordersCase TypeCriminal ConvictionFraud TypeFalse Registrations

Candice Borders, along with her father, brother, and her brother's girlfriend, registered to vote using a vacant lot on Jefferson Street in Brooklyn, Illinois. None of them lived in the city. Candace Borders pleaded guilty to forgery and was sentenced to probation with special conditions.

Source: bit.ly/2MPkRU4, bit.ly/2MggG7v

StateIllinoisYear2018NameJanie WalkerCase TypeCriminal ConvictionFraud TypeFalse Registrations

Janie Walker, along with her boyfriend, his father, and his sister, registered to vote using a vacant lot on Jefferson Street in Brooklyn, Illinois. None of them lived in the city. Janie Walker pleaded guilty to forgery and is scheduled to be sentenced in November.

Source: bit.ly/2MPkRU4, bit.ly/2MggG7v, bit.ly/2StXT8f

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: bit.ly/2pN1ku2, bit.ly/2E4sIba, bit.ly/2lsqXjd, bit.ly/2GFIOxd

StateIllinoisYear2017NameSteveland KiddCase TypeCriminal ConvictionFraud TypeFraudulent Use Of Absentee Ballots

Steveland Kidd pleaded guilty to two counts of violating absentee ballots during a municipal election in April 2013. Kidd took possession of, and delivered, an absentee ballot to election authorities despite not being legally allowed to do so. The crime is a Class Three felony. Kidd was sentenced to 12 days in the St. Clair County Jail and is now barred from engaging in campaign-related activities or electioneering.

Source: bit.ly/2pzQokH, bit.ly/2pj3lMZ, cbsloc.al/2oxiBZB

StateIllinoisYear2017NameBrian McDouglarCase TypeCriminal ConvictionFraud TypeFraudulent Use Of Absentee Ballots

Brian McDouglar, a resident of Cahokia, Illinois, was sentenced to two years in prison on charges of falsifying or tampering with an absentee ballot, a class 3 felony. McDouglar illegally took an absentee ballot from a voter he was not related to and then placed that ballot in the mail.

Source: bit.ly/2q8fIye, bit.ly/2oMOo4E, bit.ly/2pA2ASL

StateIllinoisYear2016NameMarvin HershmanCase TypeCriminal ConvictionFraud TypeDuplicate Voting

Marvin Hershman, of Lake County, voted twice in the 2016 general election. Hershman was charged with two counts of voting more than once and one count of perjury. He took a plea of convenience (nolo contendere) of disregarding election code and was sentenced to four months' imprisonment and ordered to pay a fine of $657.

Source: bit.ly/339H2w3, Case Number: 18CF00000538

StateIllinoisYear2016NameAudrey CookCase TypeCriminal ConvictionFraud TypeFraudulent Use Of Absentee Ballots

Audrey Cook, a Madison County election judge, sent in a ballot marked for Donald Trump in the 2016 election on behalf of her recently deceased husband. She pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of attempted violation of the election code in exchange for dropping a felony perjury charge.

Source: bit.ly/2emmVkc, bit.ly/2uMVMR9, bit.ly/2eaxk7f

StateIllinoisYear2015NameBrian McDouglarCase TypeCriminal ConvictionFraud TypeFraudulent Use Of Absentee Ballots

Brian McDouglar was convicted of falsifying or tampering with an absentee ballot. He was sentenced to two years in prison for the Class C felony.

Source: bit.ly/2sVGTOb, bit.ly/2t0jmwq

StateIllinoisYear2014NameAugustus Stacker, Jr.Case TypeCriminal ConvictionFraud TypeFraudulent Use Of Absentee Ballots

Augustus Stacker, Jr., of Belleville, Illinois, pleaded guilty to a felony charge of a violation of absentee ballots. He assisted in manipulating up to 27 fraudulent absentee ballots in a municipal election. Stacker was sentenced to 18 months of conditional discharge and required to pay court costs.

Source: cbsloc.al/2u4jScl, bit.ly/2uN3pa0, bit.ly/2u9Awa6 (Case #13CF0066301)

StateIllinoisYear2013NamePamela BryantCase TypeCriminal ConvictionFraud TypeFraudulent Use Of Absentee Ballots

Pamela Bryant, of Cahokia, pleaded guilty to three counts of incorrectly marking an absentee ballot. She received probation.

Source: bit.ly/2sVGTOb, bit.ly/2sAGtdB

StateIllinoisYear2013NameMonica LaPlantCase TypeCriminal ConvictionFraud TypeFraudulent Use Of Absentee Ballots

Monica LaPlant, of Cahokia, was charged with incorrectly marking an absentee ballot in the 2013 election. She was given probation after pleading guilty.

Source: bit.ly/2sVGTOb

StateIllinoisYear2012NameJoan FortnerCase TypeCriminal ConvictionFraud TypeDuplicate Voting

In 2012, Joan Fortner pleaded guilty to voting twice in Illinois. She was sentenced to a period of supervised release.

Source: bit.ly/2svebA8

StateIllinoisYear2012NameMahmoud VakiliCase TypeCriminal ConvictionFraud TypeIneligible Voting

Mahmoud Vakili, an Iranian citizen living in Waukegan, Illinois, pleaded guilty to disregarding the election code after he registered to vote and voted five times, despite the fact that he is not a U.S. citizen and is therefore not eligible to vote. He was sentenced to 12 months of supervision and 100 hours of community service, and was required to pay court costs.

Source: trib.in/2tRJadj, bit.ly/2uPYWmm

StateIllinoisYear2012NameParvin VakiliCase TypeCriminal ConvictionFraud TypeIneligible Voting

Parvin Vakili, an Iranian citizen living in Waukegan, Illinois, pleaded guilty to disregarding the election code after she registered to vote and voted seven times despite the fact that she was not a U.S. citizen and was therefore not eligible to vote. She was sentenced to 12 months' supervision and 100 hours of community service, and was ordered to pay court costs.

Source: trib.in/2tRJadj, bit.ly/2suxHNb

StateIllinoisYear2012NameMaria AzadaCase TypeCriminal ConvictionFraud TypeIneligible Voting

Maria Azada, an illegal alien from the Philippines living in Illinois, was convicted of eleven charges--perjury and mutilation of election material--in relation to illegal voting. Despite being ineligible, Azada voted nine different times in various elections and claimed to be a U.S. citizen on two voter registration forms. She was sentenced to 120 days in jail, two years' conditional discharge, and 100 hours of community service.

Source: bit.ly/2sROqJy, bit.ly/2sScZ9f

StateIllinoisYear2011NameMichael CollinsCase TypeCriminal ConvictionFraud TypeFalse Registrations, Fraudulent Use Of Absentee Ballots

Michael Collins was convicted of election fraud and tax evasion after giving a false address to establish eligibility to vote in East St. Louis, even though he lived in Swansea. He was also elected to be a precinct committeeman in East St. Louis after getting family members to sign petitions to get him on the ballot. He was sentenced to 50 months in prison followed by three years of supervised release.

Source: bit.ly/2eekXT8

StateIllinoisYear2010NameWilliam BrownCase TypeCriminal ConvictionFraud TypeFraudulent Use Of Absentee Ballots

William Brown, of Cahokia, pleaded guilty to 22 charges related to election fraud after he worked with candidates for the Cahokia village board to rig their 2009 municipal election. Brown helped to apply for fraudulent absentee ballots and submit votes using those ballots. He was sentenced to 10 days in jail, two years probation, and 200 hours of community service.

Source: bit.ly/2tsGAYv, bit.ly/2sTBHLd

StateIllinoisYear2010NameAnish EapenCase TypeCriminal ConvictionFraud TypeFraudulent Use Of Absentee Ballots

Anish Eapen, a city streets and sanitation superintendent in Chicago's 50th ward, pleaded guilty to absentee ballot violations. He approached residents of his ward while showing them his town badge, offered to help them cast absentee ballots, and filled out some of their ballots himself while working for an alderman candidate. Eapen was sentenced to 364 days in Cook County jail.

Source: trib.in/2sRKp7Z, trib.in/2tmcpV4

StateIllinoisYear2010NameKyle R. JohnsonCase TypeCriminal ConvictionFraud TypeFraudulent Use Of Absentee Ballots

Kyle R. Johnson, a former Cahokia village trustee, falsified absentee ballot applications and illegally cast the ballots he obtained during a municipal election. He received five years' probation, 14 days in jail, and 200 hours of community service.

Source: bit.ly/2tsGAYv, bit.ly/2sTBHLd

StateIllinoisYear2010NameArmando RamosCase TypeCriminal ConvictionFraud TypeFraudulent Use Of Absentee Ballots

Armando Ramos, of Chicago, pleaded guilty to absentee ballot violations in 2010. He had approached residents, offered to help them vote absentee, and in some cases filled out ballots for them during a 2007 election in which he was working for an alderman candidate. He was sentenced to 270 days in Cook County jail.

Source: trib.in/2sRKp7Z, trib.in/2tmcpV4

StateIllinoisYear2010NameTrevon L. TompkinCase TypeCriminal ConvictionFraud TypeFraudulent Use Of Absentee Ballots

In the 2009 Cahokia municipal election, former village trustee Trevon L. Tompkin falsified absentee ballot applications and illegally voted the ballots he obtained. He received five years' probation, 14 days in jail, and 200 hours of community service.

Source: bit.ly/2tsGAYv, http://bit.ly/2sTBHLd

StateIllinoisYear2010NameKevin WigginsCase TypeCriminal ConvictionFraud TypeFraudulent Use Of Absentee Ballots

Kevin Wiggins, of Cahokia, pleaded guilty to 43 charges against him in a voter fraud scheme in Cahokia's 2009 municipal election. Wiggins, along with candidates for the village board, filed fraudulent applications for absentee ballots and subsequently voted using those ballots. He was sentenced to 10 days in jail, two years of probation, and 200 hours of community service.

Source: bit.ly/2tsGAYv, bit.ly/2sTBHLd

StateIllinoisYear2009NameKenneth Davison and Jerry D. KnightCase TypeCriminal ConvictionFraud TypeBallot Petition Fraud

Kenneth Davison and Jerry D. Knight, two campaign workers for state Senator Terry Link, were indicted on felony forgery and perjury charges for placing phony signatures on petitions to get state Senator Terry Link on the 2008 Democratic primary ballot. These phony signatures included the names of deceased voters. Davidson pleaded guilty to nine counts of perjury and was sentenced to probation and 60 days in jail. Knight pleaded guilty to 11 counts of perjury and was sentenced to 24 months of probation and 100 hours of community service.

Source: bit.ly/2fEYXG4, bit.ly/2e2MA65, bit.ly/2eemWGW

StateIllinoisYear2009NameMargarita Del Pilar FitzpatrickCase TypeOfficial FindingFraud TypeIneligible Voting

Margarita Del Pilar Fitzpatrick is a native and citizen of Peru who became a non-citizen permanent resident in 2004. When she applied for a driver's license, Fitzpatrick also filled out a "Motor Voter" registration form on which she falsely claimed to be a U.S. citizen. She subsequently voted in the 2006 federal election. In 2007, while applying for naturalization, Fitzpatrick acknowledged to immigration officials that she had registered and voted. Fitzpatrick's application was denied and she was ordered removed from the country because of this violation.

Source: bit.ly/2fbQsle, bit.ly/2fbNP2U, bit.ly/2m8DCIe

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: bit.ly/2tj8Yel, bit.ly/2fdnW0d

StateIllinoisYear2009NameEugene KryczkaCase TypeCriminal ConvictionFraud TypeBallot Petition Fraud

Eugene Kryczka, of Antioch, pleaded guilty to perjury in 2009. He had falsified 50 signatures on a ballot petition, in an attempt to run for Antioch town assessor. He also signed certifications in 19 of these cases, asserting that he had seen these individuals sign the petitions, when in fact, he had not. Kryczka was sentenced to a five-year suspended sentence, two years' probation, and a $500 fine. He was barred from holding public office.

Source: bit.ly/2tmL591, bit.ly/2tvF0FM, bit.ly/2uPHDBz

StateIllinoisYear2008NameRodney McCullochCase TypeCriminal ConvictionFraud TypeBallot Petition Fraud

McCulloch, a political consultant working on the reelection campaign of Milton Township Assessor James Gumm, was convicted of three counts of perjury and one count of disregard of the election code. McCulloch oversaw a scheme that forged signatures to qualify Gumm for the ballot. He received two years' probation, 150 hours of community service, and was ordered to pay $200 to a county anti-crime fund.

Source: bit.ly/2eoqTfz, bit.ly/2eAueFM

StateIllinoisYear2007NameElizabeth Dag Um KeathleyCase TypeOfficial FindingFraud TypeIneligible Voting

Elizabeth Dag Um Keathley came to the United States after marrying John Keathley, a U.S. citizen, in a ceremony that took place in the Philippines. She received a non-immigrant K-3 visa so that she could live with her husband while waiting for a grant of permanent residency as the spouse of a U.S. citizen. While considering her application, immigration officials determined that Keathley illegally voted and ordered her removal from the country. She contends that, when applying for a driver's license, she was asked if she wished to vote. After answering "yes," the official handling her driver's license application check marked the box indicating she was a U.S. citizen. Keathley indicated she was not. The Seventh Circuit remanded the case to the lower court for further review.

Source: bit.ly/2tj8Yel, bit.ly/2feVEmp, bit.ly/2fdmevN

StateIllinoisYear2007NameCharles Powell, Sheila Thomas, Jesse…Case TypeCriminal ConvictionFraud TypeBuying Votes

East Saint Louis City precinct committeemen Charles Powell, Sheila Thomas, Jesse Lewis, and Kelvin Ellis, as well as precinct worker Yvette Johnson, were convicted for conspiracy to commit election fraud after participating in vote-buying activities in the 2004 election, including submitting budgets that would allow city funds to pay voters to vote for Democratic candidates. Powell was sentenced to 21 months in prison; Thomas was sentenced to 18 months in prison, $400 in fines, and two years' supervised release; Johnson was sentenced to two years' probation with the first five months in monitored home confinement; Lewis was sentenced to 15 months in prison, two years' supervised release, and $200 in fines; Ellis was sentenced to a 4.5 year prison sentence for election fraud and assorted criminal offenses, including running a prostitution ring out of city hall and threatening to kill a federal witness.

Source: bit.ly/2feX7co, bit.ly/2f1DNyv

StateIllinoisYear2005NamePatricia BaileyCase TypeCriminal ConvictionFraud TypeFalse Registrations

Following a trial, Illinois State Representative Patricia Bailey was found guilty of filing false election forms claiming her residency in the 6th District, when she was actually living with her mother outside of the district. Bailey was charged with two counts of perjury and one count of falsifying election documents. She was sentenced two years' probation and 100 hours of community service. She was barred from holding a government job for five years upon completion of her sentence.

Source: bit.ly/2feZv2E, bit.ly/2f1DQKi

StateIllinoisYear2004NameLeander BrooksCase TypeCriminal ConvictionFraud TypeFraudulent Use Of Absentee Ballots

A former election judge, Leander Brooks, pleaded guilty to election fraud in the 2002 election. He forged signatures of three dead people on absentee ballot applications. He was sentenced to 18 months in prison and a $400 fine.

Source: bit.ly/2rVcMSd, Docket # 03-CR-30201-DRH

StateIllinoisYear2004NamePatricia DeganuttiCase TypeCriminal ConvictionFraud TypeFraudulent Use Of Absentee Ballots

Patricia Deganutti was found guilty of violating Illinois absentee ballot law by "unlawful observation of voting." While serving as a precinct captain in Cicero, Illinois, she visited a voter's home and persuaded him to apply for an absentee ballot, then returned and told him how to fill it out, and left with the completed ballot. She was sentenced to 18 months' probation.

Source: bit.ly/2sOb6eV, bit.ly/2tLNzMH

StateIllinoisYear2004NameLeroy Scott Jr., Lillie Nichols,…Case TypeCriminal ConvictionFraud TypeBuying Votes

Leroy Scott Jr., Lillie Nichols, Terrance R. Stith, and Sandra Stith pleaded guilty to one count each of vote buying. They were given funds from the St. Clair County Democratic Committee in order to buy votes for the upcoming election. Nichols and Mr. Stith were sentenced to four months in prison. Sandra Stith received one year of probation. Scott received 10 months' imprisonment and paid $3,100 in fines.

Source: bit.ly/2fEXMGK, bit.ly/2fEXTCc

StateIllinoisYear2002NameRussel WithersCase TypeCivil PenaltyFraud TypeDuplicate Voting

Russel Withers, who owned multiple radio and TV stations, pleaded guilty to voting multiple times in both 1998 and 2000 elections in both Colorado and Illinois. He was fined $10,000.

Source: bit.ly/2fEXFed

StateIllinoisYear1982Name63 IndividualsCase TypeCriminal ConvictionFraud TypeFalse Registrations

A DOJ investigation of the Illinois election in 1982 estimated that 100,000 fraudulent ballots were cast in the gubernatorial primary. The investigation was tipped off by a party worker from Chicago's 39th Ward who was upset by his precinct captain's broken promise to award him a city job for his participation in the vote fraud scheme. The conspirators cast ballots for people who were elderly and disabled. The investigation resulted in 63 individuals being convicted, the largest voter fraud case in DOJ history.

Source: bit.ly/2uVkBtT