(TheRedAlertNews.com) – A disgraced former Democrat of the US House of Representatives from Pennsylvania has now been handed a prison sentence for committing election fraud through a “ballot-stuffing” scheme.
Former US Rep. Michael “Ozzie” Myers was a member of the House for two terms between 1976 and 1980.
However, his political career ended abruptly after being removed from the US Congress for bribery and serving a three-year prison sentence.
Myers has now been found guilty of organizing electoral fraud schemes in Pennsylvania, which helped Democratic Party candidates during different elections in 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, and 2018, the US Department of Justice has announced.
He has been sentenced to 2.5 years in prison, followed by three years of supervised release. He also got a fine of $100,000.
“Protecting the legitimacy of elections is critical to ensuring the public’s trust in the process,” declared Jacqueline Maguire, FBI Philadelphia Division Special Agent in Charge, in a press release.
“Through his actions, Ozzie Myers pointedly disdained both the will of Philadelphia voters and the rule of law. He’s now a federal felon twice over, heading back behind bars, with time to consider the great consequence of free and fair elections,” Maguire added.
Myers pleaded guilty to charges of “stuffing ballots, conspiring to illegally vote in a federal election and deprive civil rights, voting records falsification, and bribery in favor of Democratic candidates,” the DOJ announced.
According to the Justice Department, Myers secured the stuffing of ballots for Democratic candidates by bribing former Philadelphia election judge Domenick J. Demuro.
The former US congressman also bribed former Philadelphia election judge Marie Beren in another election fraud scheme.
Demuro already pleaded guilty to the crime in question back in 2020, while Beren pleaded guilty in 2021.
“Voting is the cornerstone of our democracy. If even one vote has been illegally cast or if the integrity of just one election official is compromised, it diminishes faith in process,” US Attorney Romero stated in the DOJ release.
“This defendant used his position, knowledge of the process, and connections to fix elections for his preferred candidates, which demonstrates a truly flagrant disregard for the laws which govern our elections. He will now spend 30 months in prison as penalty for his crimes,” Romero added.
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