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Michigan AG warns on election fraud claims: A false claim of criminal activity is a crime

Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel (D) warned on Monday that a false claim of criminal activity, including election fraud, is itself a crime. 

Through a tweet, Nessel responded to former state Sen. Patrick Colbeck’s (R) comments during a Michigan Board of State Canvassers meeting that ended with the state’s election results being certified

Colbeck faced questions during the meeting about whether he had brought his allegations of voter fraud to the state attorney general.

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Nessel confirmed in her Twitter thread that Colbeck “has never made a complaint of election fraud” to the Michigan attorney general’s office.

“If he had, we would have fully investigated said claim,” she said. 

“Colbeck’s assertions aside, intentionally making a false claim of criminal activity to law enforcement is itself a crime,” Nessel continued. “It’s been my experience that is often the reason certain reports are not made.”

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During Monday’s meeting, Julie Matuzak, a Clinton Township Democrat who has served on the board for 10 years, asked Colbeck, “If you’re alleging fraud in this election, have you taken it to the attorney general, your evidence?”

I’ve submitted my affidavits to lawyers, and we’ve moved it up the chain that way,” the former state senator responded, adding, “I can submit it to anybody you’d like me to submit it to.”

“If there is an accusation of fraud, this board is not equipped nor authorized to investigate fraud,” Matuzak said. “It should appropriately be sent to the attorney general's office. I encourage you to do that.”

Later in the meeting, the Michigan State Board of Canvassers certified the election results showing that President-elect Joe BidenJoe BidenBudowsky: A Biden-McConnell state of emergency summit DC might win US House vote if it tries Inaugural poet Amanda Gorman inks deal with IMG Models MORE defeated President TrumpDonald TrumpSchumer: Impeachment trial will be quick, doesn't need a lot of witnesses Nurse to be tapped by Biden as acting surgeon general: report Schumer calls for Biden to declare climate emergency MORE in the state. 

The president-elect had a more than 150,000-vote advantage in Michigan, but Trump and his campaign have challenged the results with claims of fraud that have not been substantiated.