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MILWAUKEE - Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen announced today that a former Special Registration Deputy charged with election fraud arising out of the 2008 Presidential Election made his initial appearance before Milwaukee County Court Commissioner Laura Gramling Perez. The Election Fraud Task Force, a collaborative effort between the Department of Justice, the Milwaukee County District Attorney's Office and the Milwaukee Police Department, charged Frank Walton, formerly of Oak Creek, with Election Fraud Falsely Procuring Voter Registration in October, 2008. Walton was arrested in Washington on a warrant and was brought back to Wisconsin last week. A preliminary hearing has been scheduled for July 30, 2010, at 8:30 a.m.
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 are vacant or are commercial businesses. Of the 23 forms submitted with driver's license numbers, 17 of those numbers were false. Of the 45 forms submitted by Walton with partial Social Security numbers, 40 of those were false.
This charge carries a potential penalty of imprisonment up to 3 years and a $10,000 fine.
Prior to the November 2008 election, 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 Attorney's Office work cooperatively with local law enforcement and the Milwaukee Police Department as needed when investigation is required.
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.
Assistant Attorney General David W. Maas is representing the State.