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Guilty Plea Entered in Election Fraud Case


MILWAUKEE – Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen announced today that a Milwaukee man charged with election fraud arising out of the November 4, 2008, Presidential Election entered a guilty plea and admitted to the charges against him. Kevin Clancy was charged with one count of Falsely Procuring Voter Registration as Party to a Crime by the Election Fraud Task Force, a collaborative effort between the Department of Justice, the Milwaukee District Attorney's Office and the Milwaukee Police Department.


According to the criminal complaint, Clancy served as a Special Registration Deputy (“SRD”) for the City of Milwaukee in advance of the 2008 Presidential Election. He worked for the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (“ACORN”). Clancy was accused of submitting multiple voter registration applications for the same individuals, and also was part of a scheme in which he and other SRDs registered each other to vote multiple times in order to meet voter registration quotas imposed by ACORN.


This charge carries a potential penalty of imprisonment up to 3 ½ years and a $10,000 fine. Sentencing has been scheduled for November 18, 2010, at 8:30 a.m. before Judge Richard Sankovitz. Clancy's co-defendant and former coworker, Maria Miles, pleaded guilty to a similar charge. She was scheduled for sentencing this morning, but her case was adjourned to complete a presentence evaluation. Her new sentencing date is December 6, 2010, at 8:30 a.m.


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.


Assistant Attorney General David W. Maas is representing the State.