Two men were hit with a 41-count criminal complaint for allegedly submitting thousands of fraudulent voter registration applications on behalf of homeless people in a bid to get one of them elected as mayor, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced Tuesday.
Defendants Carlos Antonio De Bourbon Montenegro, 53, and Marcos Raul Arevalo, 34, are expected to be arraigned this afternoon.
Montenegro is accused of submitting more than 8,000 fraudulent voter registration applications from July to October. He also allegedly committed perjury by falsifying names, addresses and signatures on nomination paperwork for a mayoral run in the city of Hawthorne located in Los Angeles County, authorities said.
The pair and their co-conspirators ultimately registered 8,000 voters then allegedly used Montenegro’s home address as well as three post office boxes to receive their mail-in ballots, court papers state.
The alleged plan was to “cast ballots for Carlos Montenegro for the office of Mayor for the City of Hawthorne,” the complaint says.
The defendants were each charged with one count of conspiracy to commit voter fraud, eight counts of voter fraud, four counts of procuring and offering a false or forged instrument and four misdemeanors for interference with a prompt transfer of a completed affidavit.
Montenegro faces 10 additional counts of voter fraud, seven counts of procuring and offering a false or forged instrument, two counts of perjury and five misdemeanors for interference with a prompt transfer of a completed affidavit.
An LADA spokesman didn’t immediately return a request for comment on how the pair’s scheme was uncovered.
If convicted, Montenegro faces a maximum of 15 years and eight months in prison. Arevalo faces a maximum of seven years, officials said.
The defendants’ lawyers couldn’t immediately be identified.