Explosive Voter Fraud Charge: 8,000 Fraudulent Voter Registration Applications in LA County from 2 Men

As America grapples with concerns over fraud in its elections, a California case illustrates the extent to which some have been accused of trying to corrupt the system.

In this case, two men are accused of submitting more than 8,000 fradulent voter registration applications in Hawthorne, California, according to the criminal complaint against them.

In a 41-count criminal complaint, Carlos Antonio De Bourbon Montenegro, 53, and Marcos Raul Arevalo, 34, were charged with voter fraud after allegedly cooking up a scheme to try to register 8,000 “fictitious, nonexistent or deceased” voters to be sent mail-in ballots, the Los Angeles Times reported.

The men submitted “thousands of fraudulent voter registration applications on behalf of homeless people,” according to a Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office news release.

The goal of the effort was to get Montenegro elected mayor of Hawthorne, according to the complaint, which alleged the two men “worked with another person and persons whose identity is unknown.”

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As the ballot applications began to flow between July and October, they raised the suspicions of elections workers, said Dean Logan, L.A. County’s top election official.

As a result, although at least 29 ballots were actually sent out as part of the scheme, none were counted, he said. While some politicians and pundits have alleged voter fraud on a large scale in the 2020 election, there is no proof of widespread malfeasance that affected the results.