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State Year Name Case Type Fraud Type Details
StateCaliforniaYear2017NameAlexander BronsonCase TypeCriminal ConvictionFraud TypeFalse RegistrationsDetails

Alexander Bronson, former Trustee for Manteca Unified School District, California, pleaded guilty to charges of voter fraud. He listed a false address in order to qualify for candidacy in the November 2014 Manteca Unified School District Board of Education election. He resigned from office and is awaiting sentencing.

StateCaliforniaYear2017NameAshley DrainCase TypeCriminal ConvictionFraud TypeFalse RegistrationsDetails

Ashley Drain, a former Manteca Unified Trustee, was found guilty by a jury of four counts related to a violation of the welfare code and seven counts related to the election code. In the November 2014 election, she listed a fraudulent address on her paperwork that qualified her to run for the school board. She was scheduled to be sentenced on May 22, 2017, but her sentencing has been delayed to August.

StateCaliforniaYear2016NameJose FragozoCase TypeCriminal ConvictionFraud TypeFalse RegistrationsDetails

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.

StateCaliforniaYear2016NameMaria C. Del ToroCase TypeCriminal ConvictionFraud TypeBallot Petition FraudDetails

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.

StateCaliforniaYear2015NameDonald DewsnupCase TypeCriminal ConvictionFraud TypeFalse RegistrationsDetails

Donald Dewsnup, a housing development activist in San Francisco, registered to vote using a false address. As part of a plea bargain, he pleaded no contest to two misdemeanor counts of false voter registration. He is awaiting sentencing but is expected to be sentenced to perform 100 hours of community service and three years probation.

StateCaliforniaYear2015NameMark EvansCase TypeCriminal ConvictionFraud TypeDuplicate VotingDetails

Mark Evans voted by absentee ballot in the November 2014 election. He then cast a second absentee ballot, this time in the name of his deceased father-in-law. Following an investigation by the District Attorney's office and the County Clerk and Recorder's Office, the 62-year-old Ventura County resident was charged with misdemeanor voter fraud. He pleaded no contest and received three years' probation and was ordered to pay a $1,000 fine.

StateCaliforniaYear2014NameRichard AlarconCase TypeCriminal ConvictionFraud TypeFalse RegistrationsDetails

Richard Alarcon, a Los Angeles City Councilman, was convicted of three charges of voter fraud following a jury trial. He lied about where he lived in order to run for office and vote in a different jurisdiction than the place where he actually lived. He was sentenced to 120 days in jail, 600 hours of community service, and five years' probation. He is also banned from running for public office.

StateCaliforniaYear2014NameFlora Montes de OcaCase TypeCriminal ConvictionFraud TypeFalse RegistrationsDetails

Flora Montes de Oca, the wife of Los Angeles City Councilman Richard Alarcon, was convicted of voter fraud after she lied about her residence so that she could vote in the district her husband represented. She was sentenced to five years' probation and 400 hours of community service and is barred from holding public office.

StateCaliforniaYear2014NameKathleen KnoxCase TypeCriminal ConvictionFraud TypeFalse RegistrationsDetails

In 2014, former auditor-controller candidate Kathleen Knox, who during the campaign pledged to "fight waste and fraud," pleaded no contest to three counts of voter fraud. As a candidate for auditor-controller, Knox put down a false address as her place of residence. She was fined and sentenced to three years of probation.

StateCaliforniaYear2014NameRoderick WrightCase TypeCriminal ConvictionFraud TypeFalse RegistrationsDetails

State Sen. Roderick Wright (D_Inglewood) was convicted of eight felony counts of perjury and voter fraud. He deliberately misled voters as to his residency in order to run for office in a neighboring district. Wright was sentenced to 90 days' imprisonment, 1,500 hours of community service, and three years' probation. He has also been permanently barred from holding elected office.

StateCaliforniaYear2012NameVernon, CACase TypeJudicial FindingFraud TypeElection OverturnedDetails

A City Council election (originally decided by four votes) in Vernon, California is overturned when it is determined that five people who voted for the winner were not residents of the city, and two others had not properly mailed in their ballots. A new winner was subsequently named.

StateCaliforniaYear2012NameRicardo Lopez-MunguiaCase TypeCriminal ConvictionFraud TypeIneligible VotingDetails

Ricardo Lopez-Munguia, a Mexican who was deported decades ago for drug trafficking, pleaded guilty to living illegally in Escondido under a false identity and fraudulently voting in the 2008 U.S. presidential election.

StateCaliforniaYear2012NameAngel Perales and David Silva Case TypeCriminal ConvictionFraud TypeFraudulent Use Of Absentee BallotsDetails

Officials in the small town of Cudahy took part in a widespread corruption scheme that included accepting cash bribes, abusing drugs at City Hall, and throwing out absentee ballots that favored election challengers. After a lengthy FBI Investigation of the 2007 and 2009 elections, the former head of code enforcement, Angel Perales, admitted to tampering with mail-in ballots in city elections by opening them and then resealing and submitting votes for incumbent candidates while discarding votes for challengers. He and Mayor David Silva pleaded guilty to bribery and extortion charges, although Perales' plea agreement included his admission of election fraud. Silva was sentenced to one year in federal prison. Perales was sentenced to five years' probation.

StateCaliforniaYear2011NameJames ConwayCase TypeCriminal ConvictionFraud TypeFalse RegistrationsDetails

James Conway was convicted on six charges stemming from his illegal registration to vote: three counts of perjury, two of falsely filing a declaration of candidacy, and one for false registration. Conway was sentenced to time served, given probation, and was ordered to pay restitution.

StateCaliforniaYear2011NameNativo LopezCase TypeCriminal ConvictionFraud TypeFalse RegistrationsDetails

Immigrant-Rights activist Nativo Lopez pleaded guilty to one count of voter registration fraud when it was discovered that he registered to vote in Los Angeles while living in Santa Ana. Lopez had been investigated for voter fraud before. In 1996 his organization registered new citizens to vote in an election that ultimately unseated Republican Rep. Bob Dornan from the 46th District. A House Oversight Committee report later concluded that 748 improper ballots had been cast, 624 of them from non-citizen immigrants. Despite the improperly cast votes, the result of that election was not changed. Lopez was sentenced to three years of probation and 400 hours of community service.

State Year Name Case Type Fraud Type Source Details
California 2017 Alexander Bronson Criminal Conviction False Registrations bit.ly/2sTwoLN, bit.ly/2sTwoLN, bit.ly/2tv8js6

Alexander Bronson, former Trustee for Manteca Unified School District, California, pleaded guilty to charges of voter fraud. He listed a false address in order to qualify for candidacy in the November 2014 Manteca Unified School District Board of Education election. He resigned from office and is awaiting sentencing.

California 2017 Ashley Drain Criminal Conviction False Registrations bit.ly/2tNHOx2

Ashley Drain, a former Manteca Unified Trustee, was found guilty by a jury of four counts related to a violation of the welfare code and seven counts related to the election code. In the November 2014 election, she listed a fraudulent address on her paperwork that qualified her to run for the school board. She was scheduled to be sentenced on May 22, 2017, but her sentencing has been delayed to August.

California 2016 Jose Fragozo Criminal Conviction False Registrations bit.ly/2fdaQjj, bit.ly/2f1s9DJ

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.

California 2016 Maria C. Del Toro Criminal Conviction Ballot Petition Fraud bit.ly/2eVepwG

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.

California 2015 Donald Dewsnup Criminal Conviction False Registrations bit.ly/2t9DXt6, bit.ly/2t9yTVZ

Donald Dewsnup, a housing development activist in San Francisco, registered to vote using a false address. As part of a plea bargain, he pleaded no contest to two misdemeanor counts of false voter registration. He is awaiting sentencing but is expected to be sentenced to perform 100 hours of community service and three years probation.

California 2015 Mark Evans Criminal Conviction Duplicate Voting bit.ly/2fddq98

Mark Evans voted by absentee ballot in the November 2014 election. He then cast a second absentee ballot, this time in the name of his deceased father-in-law. Following an investigation by the District Attorney's office and the County Clerk and Recorder's Office, the 62-year-old Ventura County resident was charged with misdemeanor voter fraud. He pleaded no contest and received three years' probation and was ordered to pay a $1,000 fine.

California 2014 Richard Alarcon Criminal Conviction False Registrations bit.ly/2sRKOrl, lat.ms/1qAOBXr, lat.ms/10na62g

Richard Alarcon, a Los Angeles City Councilman, was convicted of three charges of voter fraud following a jury trial. He lied about where he lived in order to run for office and vote in a different jurisdiction than the place where he actually lived. He was sentenced to 120 days in jail, 600 hours of community service, and five years' probation. He is also banned from running for public office.

California 2014 Flora Montes de Oca Criminal Conviction False Registrations lat.ms/10na62g, lat.ms/1qAOBXr, lat.ms/10na62g

Flora Montes de Oca, the wife of Los Angeles City Councilman Richard Alarcon, was convicted of voter fraud after she lied about her residence so that she could vote in the district her husband represented. She was sentenced to five years' probation and 400 hours of community service and is barred from holding public office.

California 2014 Kathleen Knox Criminal Conviction False Registrations bayareane.ws/2sPQ0zv, bit.ly/2tNtTXF, bit.ly/2tsSTEk

In 2014, former auditor-controller candidate Kathleen Knox, who during the campaign pledged to "fight waste and fraud," pleaded no contest to three counts of voter fraud. As a candidate for auditor-controller, Knox put down a false address as her place of residence. She was fined and sentenced to three years of probation.

California 2014 Roderick Wright Criminal Conviction False Registrations bit.ly/2fdeB8E, bit.ly/2eAnvMk

State Sen. Roderick Wright (D_Inglewood) was convicted of eight felony counts of perjury and voter fraud. He deliberately misled voters as to his residency in order to run for office in a neighboring district. Wright was sentenced to 90 days' imprisonment, 1,500 hours of community service, and three years' probation. He has also been permanently barred from holding elected office.