Authorities say four men have admitted to offering homeless people in Los Angeles money and cigarettes in exchange for false and forged signatures on ballot petitions and voter registration forms.
The alleged voter fraud occurred during the 2016 and 2018 election cycles. 64-year-old Richard Howard and 37-year-old Louis Thomas Wise both pleaded no contest to one felony count each of subscribing a fictitious name or the name of another to an initiative petition and registration of a fictitious person according to the Los Angeles Country District Attorney’s Office.
41-year-old Christopher Joseph Williams and 45-year-old Nickey Demelvin Huntley both pleaded no contest to one felony count of circulating an initiative or petition containing false, forged, or fictitious names.
According to prosecutors, the men solicited hundreds of false and forged signatures on state ballot petitions and voter registrations forms in Los Angele’s Skid Row, an area plagued by homelessness. They allegedly offered individuals $1 and cigarettes for their participation during the 2016 and 2018 election cycles.
Howard received a 3-year suspended sentence and 3-years of formal probation. Wise received a suspended sentence of 16-moths. Williams and Huntley were each given 3-years of formal probation.