Seven elected Democrats have been charged or plead guilty in the past week to corruption and fraud charges for a healthy “one per day” average.
Last Thursday New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir Grewal announced voter fraud charges against Councilman Michael Jackson and Councilman-elect Alex Mendez, two of the winners in Patterson’s recent ward council elections. The two were charged with voter fraud, specifically facing allegations that the duo violated state laws governing the way mail-in ballots are supposed to be collected and filled out. These charges certainly are peculiar because I had previously been told by other Democrats that voter fraud simply doesn’t happen.
This Monday former Cincinnati City Councilwoman Tamaya Dennard pleaded guilty to “honest services wire fraud” in federal court. As a result of her guilty plea, prosecutors will drop the bribery and extortion charges against her. She’s also required to repay $15,000. State and local officials can still file separate charges.
And yesterday, on Tuesday, federal agents charged four Toledo city council members in connection to a bribery probe. City council members Tyrone Riley, Yvonne Harper, Larry Sykes, and Gary Johnson were accused of engaging in a years-long scandal. Criminal complaints filed in federal court allege that the four accepted multiple bribes and committed acts of extortion.
Will any arrests be made today to close out the week? Stay tuned to find out!