2009 California – Criminal Conviction – Leonis and Domenica Malburg
Former mayor of Vernon, Leonis Malburg, and his wife, Domenica, were convicted of fraudulent voting and voter registration fraud. Malburg, who had been mayor for 50 years prior to his resignation, and his wife did not live in Vernon and were thus ineligible to vote or to be candidates in that municipality. Leonis was barred from elected office, placed on five years’ probation, ordered to pay $183,800 in fines and penalty assessments, and more than $395,000 restitution to the city for salary, benefits, and travel. Domenica received three years’ probation and was ordered to pay $36,000 in fines and penalties.