Four NY Democrats Sentenced to Community Service, Jail Time For Role in Voter Fraud Case
March 13, 2013  //  By:   //  Corruption, New York, Voter Fraud  //  18 Comments

Four Democrats involved in an upstate New York voter fraud scandal were sentenced yesterday for their respective roles, receiving punishments ranging from hundreds of hours of community service, to jail time.  The group consisted of a former city clerk, an ex-City Councilman, a Democrat operative, and a Committeeman who a year ago had declared ballot forgery in upstate New York to be “a normal political tactic“.

Those sentenced yesterday were cooperating witnesses in a scheme which saw dozens of voters testify that absentee ballots had been submitted in their names during the 2009 Working Families Party (WFP) primary.  Securing the WFP line allowed Democrat candidates to obtain more votes in the general election.

Two others were tried together earlier in the year but a mistrial was declared after jurors were unable to sort through the hundreds of charges that both faced.

Later, tried separately, Michael LoPorto was acquitted when a WFP operative “augmented” her testimony, and Ed McDonough similarly was acquitted after a colleague so egregiously altered his testimony that the judge struck everything he said from the record.

Despite the questionable circumstances surrounding those acquittals, witnesses throughout both trials provided a glimpse into the seedy political underworld in upstate New York.

Democrats preyed on those they felt were the most vulnerable members of society, those making easy targets for their voter fraud scheme.

For instance:

  • They targeted immigrants who struggled with the English language and had little knowledge of the U.S. election process.
  • They targeted college kids with little money, paying them for their voter registration cards.
  • They targeted people living in low-income housing because there was a sense that poor people were “less likely to ask any questions”.
  • They tricked mentally disabled individuals into signing over their absentee ballots.

They targeted these people because of their susceptibility to such fraud, but also the unlikeliness that these groups would ever catch on to the scheme, and if so, the unlikeliness that they would ever report it.

The Democrats sentenced yesterday admitted to a range of criminal activity – from falsifying business records, to offering a false instrument, straight up to flat-out forgery.

Here is a summary of yesterday’s sentencing:

Anthony DeFiglio

DeFiglio was the man who claimed the process of ballot forgery was simply a “normal political tactic” and an accepted way of winning elections.  He pled guilty to falsifying business records and was identified as being one of three men who convinced two mentally disabled men to sign absentee ballots which were later filled in for them.

With that, DeFiglio was ordered to stay out of trouble for three years and complete 100 hours of community service by September.

William McInerney

McInerney admitted to forging hundreds of ballots and applications but only had to plead guilty to one in exchange for his testimony.  He confessed to targeting those in low-income housing situations, and admitted to committing forgery since at least 2007.  During the trial for LoPorto and McDonough, defense attorney Brian Premo suggested that McInerney could have been charged with several hundred felonies.

Adding insult to injury, McInerney also testified about a drunk driving conviction, had to answer questions about a sexual harassment claim which led to his termination at a job with the New York State Legislature, and having an order of protection issued for stalking his ex-wife.

He was given 90 days in a Rensselaer County Sheriff’s Department work program and avoided jail time.

Anthony Renna

Renna, despite already having been charged with the felony act of offering a false instrument for filing, laughably claimed during the trial that he “wasn’t involved in any criminal procedures.”

His was the testimony that was stricken from the record because he had perjured himself during the McDonough trial.

Despite the readily apparent perjury and admission of forgery, Renna avoided jail time and was sentenced to 100 hours of community service.

John Brown

Brown was a former City Councilman in Troy who faced the prospect of seven years in jail for his role in the ballot forgeries.  A plea deal sought to reduce those charges in exchange for his cooperation.

When the investigation into the Democrats activities started to heat up, Brown concocted a schemein which he tried to convince WFP members to put out a press release blaming the entire scandal on former city DPW Commissioner Bob Mirch, a Republican.

For his efforts, Brown was sentenced to six months in jail.  The prosecutor had tried to argue that Brown be allowed to serve the jail time on weekends so as not to interfere with his new job, a motion the judge struck down.

Summary

James Gordon, Chairman of the Troy Republican Committee said, having been a part of the election process for a number of years that he has, “never heard or seen anything resembling these actions.”

Aside from those mentioned above, two other Democrats, former Council President Clement Campana and Councilman Gary Galuski remain under indictment awaiting to hear their fate.

Another current member of the City Council in Troy, Kevin McGrath, confessed to being a convicted felon during the trials, joked about his drug-peddling past (a remark that prompted an apology to the judge), and confessed to “commit(ing) crimes in this case”.

McGrath was given what the former Democrat Party Chairman described as “the deal of a lifetime”, avoiding prosecution and jail time, despite crimes that outweighed what others had been charged with.

Four Democrats sentenced.  Two more under indictment.  Two acquitted due to altered testimony.  And another who somehow escaped criminal prosecution despite an admission and a prior felony conviction.

The upstate New York voter fraud scandal should serve as a reminder that fraud doesn’t simply occur at the national level.  But it should also be a concern for those who value the integrity of the election process.  These men forged ballots and received incredibly tame punishments for that fact.

Will the slap on the wrist sentencing empower others to do the same?

This story first appeared at FreedomWorks

About the Author :

Rusty Weiss is a freelance journalist focusing on the conservative movement and its political agenda. He has been writing conservatively charged articles for several years in the upstate New York area, and his writings have appeared in the Daily Caller, American Thinker, FoxNews.com, Big Government, the Times Union, and the Troy Record. He is also Editor of one of the top conservative blogs of 2012, the Mental Recession.

18 Comments to “Four NY Democrats Sentenced to Community Service, Jail Time For Role in Voter Fraud Case”
  • Bob Honiker
    March 13, 2013 - Reply

    There should be no community service, no plea bargaining, no deals, 10 years in prison for each offense.

  • bullet2354
    March 13, 2013 - Reply

    How about losing the Right to Vote – for 10 years?

    • Cindy Russell
      March 14, 2013 - Reply

      10 years? How about a permanent loss of that right?

  • cristo52
    March 13, 2013 - Reply

    Anyone call the Rev. Al Sharpie yet?

    • Cindy Russell
      March 14, 2013 - Reply

      He’s too busy with Jackson down in Chavezland.

  • aliswell
    March 13, 2013 - Reply

    The punishment certainly does NOT fit the crime in these cases. What a disgraceful travesty of justice! The most severe punishment was a mere 90 days in jail??? Every American should be outraged and the judge should be removed from his position immediately. He did little short of aid and abett those sent before him for judgement.

  • dcnj
    March 13, 2013 - Reply

    Treason. Period.

  • Modres
    March 13, 2013 - Reply

    Funny how Gov. Cuomo likely couldn’t care less about voter fraud. He’s too focused on attempting to undermine and infringe the 2nd Amendment.

  • Thea Patriot
    March 13, 2013 - Reply

    It’s not just NY, it happened in every liberal cities in America. I am volunteering during the next election to monitor these people.

    • P_Ang
      March 14, 2013 - Reply

      They blocked election monitors at most of the polls in large, east coast cities, specifically so people like this COULD cheat.

  • Dapandico
    March 14, 2013 - Reply

    Silence from the LSM.

  • Cindy Russell
    March 14, 2013 - Reply

    Not only should these idiots be in jail, they should be stripped of any and all voting rights AND banned from politics completely… including volunteering with any campaign, even if it’s for dog catcher.

  • Dean Holsman
    March 14, 2013 - Reply

    These felonies should have been tried as such. 10 years in prison for each offense for their willful acts to interfere with the election. Why have laws if you aren’t going to enforce them? Additionally, the crooks helped elect politicians that now want to pass more laws regarding gun control. The current ones aren’t working or being enforced (just like the voter fraud), so why bother?

  • Dwayne Wolski
    March 14, 2013 - Reply

    They should each serve 1 year for each crime committed. They should also lose the right to be allowed to vote and the ability to be involved in any political or election processes permanently. 

  • Ken Gilder
    March 14, 2013 - Reply

    No, the way to combat voter fraud, is to hammer those convicted of it, to a minimum of five years in prison, and they must serve 75-80% of their sentence before being eligible for parole.

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