Two people, including a former potential mayoral candidate, have been charged in a voter fraud case where more than 8,000 fraudulent voter registration applications were allegedly submitted on behalf of homeless people in Los Angeles.
Between July and October, 53-year-old Carlos Antonio De Bourbon Montenegro, A.K.A. Mark Anthony Gonsalves, allegedly submitted more than 8,000 fraudulent voter registration applications, allegedly falsifying names, addresses, and signatures on nomination papers under penalty of perjury to run for mayor in Hawthorne, reported NBC Los Angeles on Tuesday.
Montenegro and his co-defendant Marcos Raul Arevalo “were trying to get the registrar’s office to send them mail in ballots for the fake voters. No votes were ever actually cast,” the report says. “The registrar caught on quickly and flagged the applications so nobody actually voted.”
Montenegro is facing 18 felony counts of voter fraud, 11 felony counts of procuring a false or forged instrument, two felony counts of perjury, one felony count of conspiracy to commit voter fraud, and