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MILWAUKEE - Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen announced today that the Election Fraud Task Force has brought its third electoral fraud case. Frank Walton has been charged with Falsely Procuring Voter Registration, a felony. The Election Fraud Task Force was established with Milwaukee District Attorney John Chisholm to investigate and prosecute matters of election fraud. Van Hollen and Assistant Attorney General David W. Maas are appearing as special prosecutors for Milwaukee County.
"Electoral fraud is real," Van Hollen said. "As the complaint alleges, 54 voter registrations were falsified in this case alone. That in and of itself is a significant number."
According to the criminal complaint, Walton served as a Special Registration Deputy for the City of Milwaukee and was paid by the Community Voters Project, a special interest group organized under the auspices of the Fund for the Public Interest. Walton is charged with submitting falsified voter registration forms between June 4, 2008, and June 17, 2008.
Of the approximately 70 forms submitted by Walton, 54 of the forms contained information that proved to be false. Some of those forms listed addresses that were vacant or commercial businesses. Of the 23 forms submitted with drivers license numbers, 17 of those were false. Of the 45 forms submitted by Walton with partial Social Security numbers, 40 of those were false. (Some forms had multiple pieces of false information).
This charge carries a potential penalty of imprisonment up to 3 years and a $10,000 fine.
Last month, Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen and Milwaukee County District Attorney John Chisholm announced the creation of the Election Fraud Task Force, a multi-jurisdictional action team that evaluates, investigates and prosecutes complaints of electoral fraud. The Department of Justice and the Milwaukee County District Attorneys Office work cooperatively with local law enforcement as needed when investigation is required.
"District Attorney Chisholm and I will continue to evaluate complaints and prosecute those with prosecutorial merit," Van Hollen said.
Readers of this release are reminded a criminal complaint is a document accusing a person of violation of criminal law. A defendant enjoys a presumption of innocence. The prosecution must prove its allegations at trial beyond a reasonable doubt.
A copy of the criminal complaint can be accessed below: