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A California man hoping to be a mayoral candidate and his accomplice were charged with fraud after allegedly submitting thousands of fraudulent voter registration applications in the state.
While running for mayor of Hawthorne, Carlos Antonio De Bourbon Montenegro, along with Marcos Raul Arevalo, engaged in falsifying ballots, including attempting to use the names and addresses of “fictitious, non-existent or deceased” persons, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.
As the left continues to scoff at claims of voter fraud, the two men in California were caught in a scheme attempting to submit registration applications of behalf of homeless people to qualify Montenegro as a mayoral candidate.
Montenegro was charged Tuesday with 18 felony counts of voter fraud, 11 felony counts of procuring a false or forged instrument, two felony counts of perjury and one felony count of conspiracy to commit voter fraud. The 53-year-old was also charged with nine misdemeanor counts of interference with a prompt transfer of a completed affidavit, according to the District Attorney’s Office.
(Source: NBC4 Los Angeles)
Arevalo, 34, was also arraigned Tuesday in a Los Angeles courtroom, and charged with eight counts of voter fraud, one count of conspiracy to commit voter fraud and four counts of procuring and offering a false or forged instrument. He also faces four misdemeanor counts of interference with a prompt transfer of a completed affidavit.
Montenegro allegedly “submitted more than 8,000 fraudulent voter registration applications from July to October 2020 but was caught by the registrar’s office before any of the votes were ever cast.
“The defendant also is accused of falsifying names, addresses and signatures on nomination papers under penalty of perjury to run for mayor in the city of Hawthorne,” the DA’s office said.
“Our checks and balances worked,” Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder and County Clerk Dean C. Logan told NBC Los Angeles. “We detected the oddities in these forms. We identified that there was something off with that. We reported it. It was investigated fairly quickly by our law enforcement.”
According to NBC4:
The conspiracy charge alleges that Montenegro submitted and filed signed nomination papers containing 41 signatures and addresses to the city clerk this summer and that just 18 of the names, addresses and signatures on the nomination papers were validated by the Los Angeles County Registrar- Recorder’s Office.
Montenegro allegedly “submitted and filed signed write-in candidate nomination papers containing 32 signatures and addresses for fictitious, non-existent or deceased person” with the city clerk’s office, according to the conspiracy charge.
He and Arevalo “and other unknown co-conspirators” allegedly used Montenegro’s home address as well as three post office boxes in Hawthorne “as mailing addresses for over 8,000 voter registration applications for fictitious, non-existent or deceased persons, that were submitted for processing to the Los Angeles County Registrar- Recorder’s Office and the California Secretary of State.”
“What this does is it illustrates that election officials here as well as across the country take these issues very seriously. This was 8,000 registrations in a jurisdiction that has 5.8 million voters,” Logan said.
If convicted, Montenegro faces up to 16 years in state prison, and Arevalo could face seven years, according to the District Attorney’s Office.
“The thing that ‘never happens,’ just happened. Again,” radio show host and former White House adviser Sebastian Gorka tweeted in response to a report.
The thing that “never happens,” just happened. Again. https://t.co/4hyn2QJErX
— Sebastian Gorka DrG (@SebGorka) November 20, 2020