Two men in Los Angeles County are facing 41-count criminal complaints after they allegedly falsely registered more than 8,000 voters.
The New York Post reports the men and their co-conspirators fraudulently filled out voter registrations from July to October, including multiple accounts of perjury by falsifying names, addresses, and signatures.
“Defendants Carlos Antonio De Bourbon Montenegro, 53, and Marcos Raul Arevalo, 34, are expected to be arraigned this afternoon,” the New York Post reported on Tuesday.
Hawthorne men accused in voter fraud plot to attain 8,000 mail ballots for "nonexistent or deceased" persons https://t.co/H7zFO6spUo
— Los Angeles Times (@latimes) November 18, 2020
According to the report, Montenegro was a candidate for the mayoral race and intended to cast ballots for the falsely registered voters for himself:
Montenegro is accused of submitting more than 8,000 fraudulent voter registration applications from July to October. He also allegedly committed perjury by falsifying names, addresses and signatures on nomination paperwork for a mayoral run in the city of Hawthorne located in Los Angeles County, authorities said.
The pair and their co-conspirators ultimately registered 8,000 voters then allegedly used Montenegro’s home address as well as three post office boxes to receive their mail-in ballots, court papers state.
Montenegro faces 10 additional counts of voter fraud, seven counts of procuring and offering a false or forged instrument, two counts of perjury and five misdemeanors for interference with a prompt transfer of a completed affidavit.
Both defendants were charged with counts of voter fraud, conspiracy to commit voter fraud, and procuring and offering a false or forged instrument.
Montenegro could receive up to 15 years and eight months in prison, the New York Post reports, while Arevalo would be limited to just seven years.
The Daily Caller reports Montenegro ultimately failed to meet the required number of signatures to even appear on the ballot.