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California men accused of voter fraud for attempts to register thousands of homeless people

California men accused of voter fraud for attempts to register thousands of homeless people

Two California men have been charged with voter fraud for allegedly submitting voter registration applications on behalf of 8,000 homeless people during this year’s election cycle.

Carlos Antonio De Bourbon Montenegro and Marcos Raul Arevalo carried out their scheme from July to October in conjunction with Montenegro’s bid for mayor of the city of Hawthorne, according to a statement from the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office released on Tuesday.

The men were charged with conspiracy to commit voter fraud, eight counts of voter fraud, four counts of procuring and offering a false or forged instrument, and four misdemeanor counts of interference with a prompt transfer of a completed affidavit.

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Montenegro faces an additional 10 counts of voter fraud, seven counts of procuring and offering a false or forged instrument, two counts of perjury, and five misdemeanor counts of interference with a prompt transfer of a completed affidavit.

Montenegro faces a possible maximum sentence of 15 years and eight months in state prison, while Arevalo faces a possible maximum sentence of seven years. Both men pleaded not guilty on Tuesday, as a court prosecutor noted that the fraud could have been funded by the criminal gang MS-13, according to ABC 7.

The news comes as the topic of voter fraud has been raised during the contentious 2020 election, with Republicans claiming without evidence that falsified ballots, some attributed to fictitious or deceased persons, contributed to President-elect Joe BidenJoe BidenBiden team wants to understand Trump effort to 'hollow out government agencies' Overnight Defense: Trump transgender ban 'inflicts concrete harms,' study says | China objects to US admiral's Taiwan visit Protect our world: How the Biden administration can save lives and economies worldwide MORE’s victory.