WASHINGTON – Nineteen foreign nationals aged 26 to 71 were charged with illegal elections in North Carolina in November 2016, the Justice Department said Friday. Nine of the 19 were also accused of falsely claiming US citizenship to obtain voter lists.
A Twenty-Nine Unidentified Man Accused of Helping One of the Foreigners Incorrectly Claiming Citizenship In grand jury indictments issued last month, citizens from 14 nations, including Japan, become Germany , Mexico and Korea, addressed. At least nine of them lived in the United States as legal permanent residents. Another 58-year-old Ramon Esteban Paez-Jerez from the Dominican Republic was deported in the 1
Mr. Paez-Jerez pleaded guilty on 14 August for passport fraud and the choice of a foreigner. He faces up to eleven years imprisonment and a fine of up to $ 350,000.
A Mexican citizen who is charged with illegal suffrage, 26 years old Diana Patricia Franco-Rodriguez, has also been charged with fraud and abuse of visas and other documents, and if convicted faces up to 26 years in jail and $ 350,000 in prison Punish.
The others are facing maximum penalties of one to six years and maximum fines of $ 100,000 to $ 350,000
The Department of Justice said the violations were from a newly created federal task force for document and benefit fraud in the Eastern Judicial District of North Carolina Revealed by Immigration and Customs Department of the Department of Homeland Security and the State (19659002) The indictments were announced when the Republican-dominated legislature made allegations about electoral fraud to gain approval for a final constitution Change of vote in November, requiring all voters to produce approved IDs before voting. The previous voter ID requirement of the state was downplayed by a federal court in 2016 as an attempt to curb the turnout of African-American voters.
Nearly 4.8 million people voted in the 2016 general election in North Carolina, and election officials said last year that 500 of these ballots had been cast by voters, the vast majority of whom were excluded from voting because they had criminal records , Many of them said they did not know that their criminal record prevented them from voting.
None of these voices changed the outcome of a political contest.
In most cases, the indictments issued on Friday provided few details on which foreign citizens registered and issued ballots, and lawyers for the defendants were neither identified nor readily available. In most cases where not all similar cases were reported elsewhere, the non-citizens indicated that they were confused about their eligibility.
Of the nine legal permanent residents named in the indictments, five had this status in 1990 or earlier and one of them – Dieudonne Soifils, 71, originally from Haiti, was legally resident since May 1976. His charges were that he voted in elections in 2012 and 2016.