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Representative Colon to Face No Charges
MILWAUKEE - Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen announced that on November 18, 2009, attorneys for the Wisconsin Department of Justice (DOJ), acting as special prosecutors for Milwaukee County, filed a criminal complaint in Milwaukee County Circuit Court against Yadira Colon (age 42) formerly of Oshkosh, Wisconsin, alleging two counts of election fraud and two counts of falsification of nomination papers, occurring in March and June, 2008.
The charges result from an investigation by the DOJ Department of Criminal Investigation, with assistance from the Milwaukee Police Department, into allegations of irregularities on nomination papers filed for Representative Pedro Colon for the November, 2008 election. The DOJ was asked to review the matter and serve as special prosecutor at the request of the Milwaukee County District Attorney's Office.
The criminal complaint alleges that Ms. Colon, who is not related to Representative Colon, falsified nomination papers by forging signatures and certifying that she had personally obtained each of the signatures on pages two and three of the nomination papers of Pedro A. Colon for Representative to the Assembly 8th District. In addition, the criminal complaint alleges that Ms. Colon completed a voter registration application on March 27, 2008, at the City of Milwaukee Election Commission. Ms. Colon listed her address as 1927 South 7th Street, Apartment A, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, when she actually resided in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. Ms. Colon then proceeded to vote via absentee ballot in the City of Milwaukee April 2008 election without meeting the necessary residence requirement.
The maximum possible penalty for election fraud is a term of imprisonment not to exceed 3 years and 6 months or a $10,000 fine, or both, as to each count. The maximum possible penalty for falsification of nomination papers is a term of imprisonment not to exceed 3 years 6 months and a fine of not more than $10,000, or both, as to each count.
The defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.
Based on the investigation, no charges will be filed against Representative Colon.
Assistant Attorney General David W. Maas represents the state.
A copy of the criminal complaint and Pedro Colon memo: