Though it’s been more than two weeks since voters hit the polls to cast their ballots in the 2020 elections, questions remain about the potential for voter and ballot fraud — and now, it seems conservatives’ concerns have been vindicated.
According to Breitbart, two California men are facing years-long prison sentences after they were charged with dozens of counts related to voter fraud, including for allegedly submitting voter registration applications on behalf of a number of homeless people.
The news comes as many in the mainstream media continue to ignore or dispute the fact that voter fraud has, in fact, taken place across the country.
What did they do?
Citing the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office, NBC Los Angeles reports that Carlos Antonio De Bourbon Montenegro and Marcos Raul Arevalo face a combined 41 counts of fraud related to the 2020 election.
The pair has been hit with a long list of charges including voter fraud, conspiracy to commit voter fraud, procuring and offering a false or forged instrument, and several counts of interference with a prompt transfer of a completed affidavit.
According to Breitbart, Montenegro — who had aspirations of winning a mayoral seat in Hawthorne, California — is facing even more charges for his alleged submission of over 8,000 fraudulent voter registration applications in an attempt to garner as many mail-in ballots as possible, presumably to gain an edge in the race.
Both alleged fraudsters were said to have been attempting to trick the local registrar into sending out the extra mail-in ballots. Those requests, according to NBC Los Angeles, were quickly flagged and addressed, with both defendants failing to cast extra, fraudulent votes in the 2020 election.
What happens next?
Montenegro, who apparently really wanted to be a mayor, filed nomination paperwork with the city clerks over the summer of 2020 that contained 41 signatures.
The Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder’s Office was only able to verify 18 of those signatures as valid, NBC Los Angeles reported.
That stunt, along with another related situation with write-in nomination paperwork, was why Montenegro and Arevalo were hit with conspiracy charges. According to NBC Los Angeles, officials indicated that the two were joined in the scam by “other unknown co-conspirators,” raising questions as to how large the operation was.
Authorities do know that the group of cheaters used Montenegro’s home address in Hawthorne along with three other post office boxes to file the large number of fraudulent applications.
As it stands, Montenegro faces up to 15 years in state prison, and Arevalo faces up to seven, according to Breitbart.