At Least 9 People Arrested in Los Angeles Skid Row Election Fraud Scheme

At least nine people have been arrested after reportedly conducting a voter fraud scheme using Skid Row in Los Angeles.

The nine people; Kirkland Kauzava Washington, 38, Harold Bennett, 53, Louis Thomas Wise, 36, Richard Howard, 62, Rose Makeda Sweeney, 42, Christopher Joseph Williams, 59, Jakara Fati Mardis, 35, Norman Hall, 61, and Nickey Demelvin Huntley, 44, solicited hundreds of fake or forged signatures on state ballot petitions and voter registration forms by offering homeless people a dollar or cigarettes for their participation.

Prosecutors say that these types of schemes are not common in the area, but do tend to pop up in the Skid Row area because of the high homeless population. The allegations include circulating a petition with false names, voter fraud, and registering a nonexistent person during election cycles in 2016 and this year.

Source: Election fraud scheme on L.A.’s skid row got homeless to sign fake names for cigarettes, cash, D.A. says – Los Angeles Times

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