Election Fraud Cases
Daniel W. Reynolds pleaded guilty to three counts of absentee ballot fraud and was sentenced to two years' probation. Reynolds, the chief campaign volunteer for Commissioner Amos Newsome, participated in falsifying absentee ballots in the Dothan District 2 election between Newsome and his rival Lamesa Danzey in the summer of 2013.
David Culberson pleaded guilty to attempted duplicate voting during the 2012 general election. He received a fine of $4,575 and 117 hours of community service.
Adam Hallin pleaded guilty to attempted duplicate voting during the 2012 general election. He received a fine of $4,575 and was ordered to perform 180 hours of community service.
John Hamrick pleaded guilty to attempted duplicate voting during the 2012 general election. The court fined him $2,500 and associated court fees, ordered him to perform 100 hours of community service, and placed him on 6 months of unsupervised probation.
Gerald Sack pleaded guilty to attempted duplicate voting during the 2012 general election. The court fined him $2,500 and associated court fees, ordered him to perform 100 hours of community service, and placed him on 12 months of supervised probation.
Steven Streeter pleaded guilty to attempted duplicate voting during the 2012 general election. He was fined $5,000, ordered to complete 100 hours of community service, and was placed on two months of probation.
Jay Thompson pleaded guilty to attempted duplicate voting during the 2012 general election. The court fined him $2,500 and ordered him to perform 100 hours of community service.
Franklin Turner pleaded guilty to attempting to vote twice during the 2012 general election. He was fined $9,183 and ordered to perform 200 hours of community service.
David Pruitt, an Alderman serving on the Beebe City Council, pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor for voting twice in Arkansas's 2016 primary election. An investigation found that he voted on February 26th, 2016, and then again on March 1st, 2016. He was fined $750 and ordered to pay $170 in court costs and fees. The Beebe City Attorney has indicated Pruitt may be ineligible to serve on the City Council due to his guilty plea.
Jose Fragozo, a trustee on the Escondido Union School District Board, pleaded guilty to a felony charge that he voted in the 2014 general election while registered at an address where he did not live. Investigators determined that while he owned the property at that address, he actually lived at a nearby second home. The two properties lie in different board electoral zones, and California law requires elected officials to reside in the districts they represent. Fargozo claimed the false address as his residence shortly before announcing his candidacy for the board seat in that electoral zone. The remaining charges were dismissed pursuant to a plea agreement, in which Fragozo agreed to resign and not to seek electoral office for three years. The judge sentenced Fragozo to three years of probation, a single day in jail, 15 days of community service, and the payment of a fine and restitution which could total over $28,500.
In 2014, Maria C. Del Toro received $1,900 to collect signatures for a recall election effort against Salinas City Elementary School District Trustee, Janet Barnes. The recall ultimately failed, but during a random audit, the election department found significant discrepancies in the signatures submitted by Del Toro. She confessed to forging the signatures and pleaded guilty. She was sentenced to 40 days in jail, three years' probation, and had to repay the $1,900.
Tiffany Edwards Hunt, a former candidate for the Hawaii County Council, pleaded no contest to a Class C felony voter registration charge. Prior to her 2014 campaign, Hunt had claimed her husband's surf shop as her primary residence, allowing her to vote in a district in which she did not reside. She switched her residency back to her home in District 5 so she could run for office. She ultimately lost by 274 votes. Her plea of no contest resulted in the dismissal of charges, but she was nevertheless assessed a $500 fine for the violation.
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.
Lowell "Ross" Colen, a 10-year veteran of the Rising Sun Police Department, was forced to resign after pleading guilty to four counts of felony voter fraud. Colen was accused of illegally trying to help his father win election to the Rising Sun City Council by completing absentee voter applications and filling out ballots for people who were not eligible to vote in the county, and in some cases forging signatures. Colen evidently conducted some of this illegal activity while in uniform and on duty. He pleaded guilty to four counts of felony vote fraud and was sentenced to concurrently serve one year in prison and 185 days' probation.
Erin Leeper pleaded guilty to perjury after she registered and voted in the 2015 local school board election despite her status as a convicted felon, which rendered her ineligible to vote. She was sentenced to a suspended five-year prison term, two years' probation, and ordered to pay $240 in court costs. A $750 fine was suspended.