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State Year Name Case Type Fraud Type Details
StateGeorgiaYear2015NameMohammad ShafiqCase TypeCriminal ConvictionFraud TypeFalse RegistrationsDetails

Mohammad Shafiq had a disagreement with Madison County sheriff candidate Clayton Lowe, and thought he would get back at the man by helping his opponent win the 2012 election. Shafiq fraudulently submitted voter registrations cards and--in the face of accusations--coerced a couple, Bennie and Margaret Pierce, to sign affidavits intended to exonerate him. Upon investigation, his ruse was discovered, and he was charged with two counts of perjury, three counts of tampering with evidence, and two counts of voter identification fraud. He pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 10 years' probation with a fine of $6,750.

StateGeorgiaYear2011NameEdwin Morris, Alexia Williams, and Kim…Case TypeCivil PenaltyFraud TypeBallot Petition FraudDetails

The Georgia State Election Board imposed penalties against Edwin Morris and Alexia Williams in 2011 for their roles in forging signatures to get David Osborne on the 2008 Chatham County Commission ballot. Morris received a reprimand and a 10-year suspension from campaign involvement. Williams was fined $300. In 2012, the Board ordered Kim Ross to pay a $300 fine for her involvement in the forging scheme.

StateGeorgiaYear2011NameJames ParkerCase TypeOfficial FindingFraud TypeFalse RegistrationsDetails

James Parker was found guilty of an administrative violation of registering to vote under an address at which he did not live. He was given a cease-and-desist order issued by the Georgia State Election Board, as well as a public reprimand.

StateGeorgiaYear2011NameDoyle Stone and Greg StoneCase TypeCivil PenaltyFraud TypeFraudulent Use Of Absentee BallotsDetails

Former Twiggs County Sheriff Doyle Stone and his son, Greg Stone, were investigated for mishandling absentee ballots in Greg Stone's 2008 primary campaign for sheriff. Absentee voters complained that Doyle Stone coerced them into voting for Greg Stone, and then took their ballots rather than allow them to be mailed in. Greg Stone lost the election by a wide margin. Both men agreed to pay $300 in civil fines.

StateGeorgiaYear2011NameStephen WatsonCase TypeOfficial FindingFraud TypeFalse RegistrationsDetails

Stephen Watson was found guilty of an administrative violation of registering to vote under an address at which he did not live. He was given a cease-and-desist order issued by the Georgia State Election Board, as well as a public reprimand.

StateGeorgiaYear2010NameCarleton Vines, Albert Palmour, Dorothy…Case TypeCivil PenaltyFraud TypeFraudulent Use Of Absentee BallotsDetails

Carleton Vines and his accomplices ran an absentee ballot fraud operation designed to rig the 2006 election in which Vines won election as a state court judge. Vines's co-conspirators acted as "runners," illegally "assisting" voters in filling out their absentee ballots. In many cases, ballots were transported by the conspirators to Vines's law office before being subsequently mailed. The group signed a consent decree with the state board of election, acknowledging their actions and accepting a public reprimand. Vines was fined $15,000.

StateGeorgiaYear2010NameMichael Douglas, Jr. and Olin GibsonCase TypeCriminal ConvictionFraud TypeBuying Votes, Duplicate VotingDetails

Former Dodge County Sheriff Michael Douglas, Jr., and Deputy Sheriff Olin Gibson pleaded guilty to election fraud in connection with Douglas' first campaign for sheriff in 2004. Douglas pleaded guilty to conspiracy to buy votes and to voting more than once, and Gibson pleaded guilty to buying a vote for Douglas.

StateGeorgiaYear2010NameTommy Raney and Debra BrownCase TypeCriminal ConvictionFraud TypeFraudulent Use Of Absentee BallotsDetails

Tommy Raney, a 2007 candidate for the Jackson City Council, and his campaign worker, Debra Brown, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit absentee ballot fraud for mishandling more than 40 absentee ballots in the 2007 Jackson City Council race. Raney had won the election by 27 votes. Both were sentenced to two years' probation. Raney was fined $158,000, and Brown was fined $20,000.

StateGeorgiaYear2007NameJames Bryant, Jr.Case TypeCivil PenaltyFraud TypeFraudulent Use Of Absentee BallotsDetails

James Bryant, Jr. admitted to improperly assisting voters in completing their absentee ballots in the 2005 Americus mayoral election. Bryant was a candidate in that election, and on at least six occasions, he helped voters fill out information on their ballot mailers without signing the requisite oath indicating he had provided the assistance. He was ordered by the State Election Board to pay a $600 fine.

StateGeorgiaYear2007NameJerry MettsCase TypeCivil PenaltyFraud TypeFraudulent Use Of Absentee BallotsDetails

Jerry Metts was investigated for helping illegal aliens cast absentee ballots in Atkinson County during a 2004 county commission election. He was fined $80,000 by the State Election Board.

StateGeorgiaYear1998NameJackie BaileyCase TypeCivil PenaltyFraud TypeFraudulent Use Of Absentee BallotsDetails

The Georgia State Election Board sanctioned Jackie Bailey, along with four others, in regard to her illegal possession of 107 absentee ballots in the June 1998 Democratic Primary Election for Coffee County Commissioner. She was fined $1,000. Secretary of State Cathy Cox indicated that the fines for possession of absentee ballots were equal to the most severe penalties ever ordered by the board for violations of the election code. The Board referred the case to the Waycross Judicial Circuit District Attorney Richard E. Currie as a potential criminal case.

StateGeorgiaYear1998NameGloria DavisCase TypeCivil PenaltyFraud TypeFraudulent Use Of Absentee BallotsDetails

The Georgia State Election Board sanctioned Gloria Davis, along with four others, in regard to her illegal possession of 107 absentee ballots in the June 1998 Democratic Primary Election for Coffee County Commissioner. She was fined $1,000. Secretary of State Cathy Cox indicated that the fines for possession of absentee ballots were equal to the most severe penalties ever ordered by the board for violations of the election code. The Board referred the case to the Waycross Judicial Circuit District Attorney Richard E. Currie as a potential criminal case.

StateGeorgiaYear1998NameDoris GaskinsCase TypeCivil PenaltyFraud TypeFraudulent Use Of Absentee BallotsDetails

The Georgia State Election Board sanctioned Doris Gaskins, along with four others, in regard to her illegal possession of 107 absentee ballots in the June 1998 Democratic Primary Election for Coffee County Commissioner. She was fined $1,000. Secretary of State Cathy Cox indicated that the fines for possession of absentee ballots were equal to the most severe penalties ever ordered by the board for violations of the election code. The Board referred the case to the Waycross Judicial Circuit District Attorney Richard E. Currie as a potential criminal case.

StateGeorgiaYear1998NameRudene McNeairCase TypeCivil PenaltyFraud TypeFraudulent Use Of Absentee BallotsDetails

The Georgia State Election Board sanctioned Rudene McNeair, along with four others, in regard to her illegal possession of 107 absentee ballots in the June 1998 Democratic Primary Election for Coffee County Commissioner. She was fined $1,000. Secretary of State Cathy Cox indicated that the fines for possession of absentee ballots were equal to the most severe penalties ever ordered by the board for violations of the election code. The Board referred the case to the Waycross Judicial Circuit District Attorney Richard E. Currie as a potential criminal case.

StateGeorgiaYear1998NameBetty StewartCase TypeCivil PenaltyFraud TypeFraudulent Use Of Absentee BallotsDetails

The Georgia State Election Board sanctioned Betty Stewart, along with four others, in regard to her illegal possession of 107 absentee ballots in the June 1998 Democratic Primary Election for Coffee County Commissioner. She was fined $1,000. Secretary of State Cathy Cox indicated that the fines for possession of absentee ballots were equal to the most severe penalties ever ordered by the board for violations of the election code. The Board referred the case to the Waycross Judicial Circuit District Attorney Richard E. Currie as a potential criminal case.