They say voter fraud isn't the reason we've been left with inept, corrupt leaders in this state, but a newly-unsealed indictment reveals a voter fraud scheme was targeting Skid Row residents in at least two elections.
Prosecutors have accused [a group of defendants] of 14 felonies for a variety of alleged acts during the 2016 and 2018 election cycles, including charges of circulating an initiative with forged or fictitious names, signing fictitious names, registering fictitious persons, and making payment for signatures, according to the indictment. None of the defendants faces all of the charges.
An earlier story about the arrests sheds more light on exactly what was found - and that it was occurring in the lead-up to the June 2018 primary election.
How much does it cost buy a fraudulent voter signature in LA?
Not a lot, according to the LAPD -- just a dollar and a smoke.
Three men were arrested on Skid Row in Downtown Los Angeles Saturday — while allegedly paying homeless people with cash and cigarettes — to falsify names and signatures on official campaign petitions, police said.
The men had been observed engaging in suspicious interactions with people on sidewalks Sixth and San Julian streets [in May 2018] but it was only after consultation with state elections officials that the arrests were made during an undercover operation days later, carried out by police assigned to the Central Division.
Thousands of dollars in cash and lists of LA County registered voters were booked into evidence, police said. Other law enforcement officials said the men were carrying signature-gathering paperwork to qualify at least four measures for upcoming elections.
Those included an LA County effort to reduce jail time and expand oversight of the Sheriff's Department. They also had statewide measures to reduce the number of felons considered non-violent, increase income tax on millionaires and property tax on business owners, and a local effort in Long Beach to improve safety for some hotel workers.