Yvette Yust, a resident of Waukegan, claimed to be a citizen in order to vote in the 2016 presidential election. Yust was charged with two felony counts of perjury, but, as part of a plea agreement, pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor disorderly conduct charge. Yust was sentenced to six months of probation and ordered to pay a $200 fine and to complete 20 hours of community service. Illinois. 2018. Ineligible Voting. Criminal Conviction. Fraud Investigation. Report Summary
Thomas Rudd, a former coroner in Lake County, Illinois, was charged with five felony counts of perjury for making false statements on nominating petitions for his 2016 re-election. Rudd signed the petitions, falsely indicating he had been personally present when voters signed them, and later made the same claim under oath. Prosecutors alleged that 15-20 petition signatures were falsified, including one in the name of a person who had been dead for over 10 years. The felony charges were dismissed as part of a plea deal, and Rudd pleaded guilty to five misdemeanor charges of disregard of the election code. He was given 24 months of probation, ordered to pay two $5,000 fines, and was barred from public employment for five years. Illinois. 2018. Ballot Petition Fraud. Criminal Conviction. Fraud Investigation. Report Summary
Marcello Villaruz and his wife Gina claimed to be U.S. citizens when they voted in the 2016 presidential election. Marcello was charged with two felony counts of perjury, but, as part of a plea agreement, pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor disorderly conduct charge. Marcello Villaruz was sentenced to six months of probation and ordered to pay a $200 fine and to complete 20 hours of community service. Illinois. 2018. Ineligible Voting. Criminal Conviction. Fraud Investigation. Report Summary
Jesse Johnson was convicted of voting twice in the 2016 primary elections, once for a Republican and once for a Democrat. Johnson, who had previously been convicted on weapons and drug charges, was charged with perjury after the St. Clair County Public Corruption Task Force detected his effort to vote twice. Johnson was convicted and, owing to his prior criminal record, was sentenced to two years in Illinois state prison. Illinois. 2018. Duplicate Voting. Criminal Conviction. Fraud Investigation. Report Summary
Janie Walker, along with her boyfriend, his father, and his sister, registered to vote using a vacant lot on Jefferson Street in Brooklyn, Illinois. None of them lived in the city. Janie Walker pleaded guilty to forgery and is scheduled to be sentenced in November. Illinois. 2018. False Registrations. Criminal Conviction. Fraud Investigation. Report Summary
Janet Pokryfke voted twice in the November 2016 election. She entered an Alford. Per her plea agreement, she was convicted of one misdemeanor count of disregarding the election code while two felony double voting charges and one perjury charge were dropped. Pokryfke was sentenced to six months of probation, and was ordered to complete 20 hours of community service and pay a $200 fine. Illinois. 2018. Duplicate Voting. Criminal Conviction. Fraud Investigation. Report Summary
Gina Villaruz and her husband Marcello claimed to be U.S. citizens when they voted in the 2016 presidential election. Gina was charged with two felony counts of perjury, but, as part of a plea agreement, pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor disorderly conduct charge. Gina Villaruz was sentenced to six months of probation and ordered to pay a $200 fine and to complete 20 hours of community service. Illinois. 2018. Ineligible Voting. Criminal Conviction. Fraud Investigation. Report Summary
During her 2017 campaign for the High School District 128 board, Ellen Mauer signed four nomination petitions to be placed on the ballot as a candidate, falsely claiming she was present when voters signed them. Mauer initially faced felony perjury charges, but a plea deal saw those charges reduced to misdemeanor counts of disregard of the election code. Mauer pleaded guilty and was sentenced to one year of court supervision, and was ordered to complete 75 hours of public service, pay a $750 fine, and make a $250 donation to the Zacharias Sexual Abuse Center. Illinois. 2018. Ballot Petition Fraud. Criminal Conviction. Fraud Investigation. Report Summary
Denise Zwit, assistant to the High School District 128 Superintendant, signed three nomination petitions for school board president Patrick Groody, falsely claiming she was present when voters signed them. Zwit initially faced felony perjury charges, but a plea deal saw those charges reduced to misdemeanor counts of disregard of the election code. Zwit pleaded guilty and was sentenced to one year of court supervision, and was ordered to complete 75 hours of public service, pay a $750 fine, and make a $250 donation to the Zacharias Sexual Abuse Center. Illinois. 2018. Ballot Petition Fraud. Criminal Conviction. Fraud Investigation. Report Summary
Candice Borders, along with her father, brother, and her brother’s girlfriend, registered to vote using a vacant lot on Jefferson Street in Brooklyn, Illinois. None of them lived in the city. Candace Borders pleaded guilty to forgery and was sentenced to probation with special conditions. Illinois. 2018. False Registrations. Criminal Conviction. Fraud Investigation. Report Summary
Calvin Borders, Jr., along with his son, daughter, and his son’s girlfriend, registered to vote using a vacant lot on Jefferson Street in Brooklyn, Illinois. None of them lived in the city. After an investigation by the Public Corruption Task Force, he pleaded guilty to perjury in violation of the election code and was sentenced to probation with special conditions. Illinois. 2018. False Registrations. Criminal Conviction. Fraud Investigation. Report Summary
Calvin Borders III, along with his father, sister, and girlfriend, registered to vote using a vacant lot on Jefferson Street in Brooklyn, Illinois. None of them lived in the city. Borders III pleaded guilty to perjury and was sentenced to probation with special conditions. Illinois. 2018. False Registrations. Criminal Conviction. Fraud Investigation. Report Summary
Steveland Kidd pleaded guilty to two counts of violating absentee ballots during a municipal election in April 2013. Kidd took possession of, and delivered, an absentee ballot to election authorities despite not being legally allowed to do so. The crime is a Class Three felony. Kidd was sentenced to 12 days in the St. Clair County Jail and is now barred from engaging in campaign-related activities or electioneering. Illinois. 2017. Fraudulent Use of Abs. Ballots. Criminal Conviction. Fraud Investigation. Report Summary
Miguel Valencia-Sandoval, an illegal immigrant from Mexico, admitted that he paid $50,000 in March 2005 for the birth certificate of a Texas man, Ramiro Guerrero-Vasquez. Using that stolen identity, he resided in Champaign County, IL for the past eleven years. His false identity was discovered when he applied for a U.S. passport in 2012 and made a false statement of U.S. citizenship on the application. Further investigation revealed he similarly made a false claim of citizenship on a voter registration application and voted in elections in 2012, 2014, and 2016. Valencia-Sandoval pleaded guilty to five counts, four of which relate to voting while not a citizen. After spending a year in jail following his apprehension for trying to illegally re-enter the United States, he was sentenced to time served in January 2018. He will be deported back to Mexico. Illinois. 2017. Ineligible Voting. Criminal Conviction. Fraud Investigation. Report Summary
Brian McDouglar, a resident of Cahokia, Illinois, was sentenced to two years in prison on charges of falsifying or tampering with an absentee ballot, a class 3 felony. McDouglar illegally took an absentee ballot from a voter he was not related to and then placed that ballot in the mail. Illinois. 2017. Fraudulent Use of Abs. Ballots. Criminal Conviction. Fraud Investigation. Report Summary
Marvin Hershman, of Lake County, voted twice in the 2016 general election. Hershman was charged with two counts of voting more than once and one count of perjury. He took a plea of convenience (nolo contendere) of disregarding election code and was sentenced to four months’ imprisonment and ordered to pay a fine of $657. Illinois. 2016. Duplicate Voting. Criminal Conviction. Fraud Investigation. Report Summary
Audrey Cook, a Madison County election judge, sent in a ballot marked for Donald Trump in the 2016 election on behalf of her recently deceased husband. She pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of attempted violation of the election code in exchange for dropping a felony perjury charge. Illinois. 2016. Fraudulent Use of Abs. Ballots. Criminal Conviction. Fraud Investigation. Report Summary
Augustus Stacker, Jr., of Belleville, Illinois, pleaded guilty to a felony charge of a violation of absentee ballots. He assisted in manipulating up to 27 fraudulent absentee ballots in a municipal election. Stacker was sentenced to 18 months of conditional discharge and required to pay court costs. Illinois. 2014. Fraudulent Use of Abs. Ballots. Criminal Conviction. Fraud Investigation. Report Summary