Kevin Kunlay Williams, a Nigerian citizen, has been indited for $12 Million Tax Refund Fraud, Voter Fraud, Illegal Reentry and Felon in Possession of Firearm, announced the Department of Justice.
A federal grand jury indicted an undocumented immigrant living in St. Louis, Mo., on charges that he committed voter and tax fraud as part of an elaborate stolen identity theft scheme, the Department of Justice announced Wednesday.
Kevin Kunlay Williams, a Nigerian citizen, is suspected of illegally reentering the United States under a false name in 1999 after he was deported four years earlier.
Williams later registered to vote in federal, state, and local elections in 2012 by claiming he was an American citizen. He is suspected to have voted in both the 2012 and 2016 presidential elections, according to the indictment.
Federal authorities also suspect that Williams stole the identities of several public school employees from a payroll company, subsequently using the IDs to file more than 2,000 fraudulent federal tax returns that sought more than $12 million. The Nigerian man also allegedly stole Electronic Filing Identification Numbers (EFINs) to print refund checks, directing the IRS to send the refunds to prepaid debit cards. FreeBeacon
The goal of maintaining an accurate voter list is to prevent ineligible people from voting, prevent anyone from voting twice and, by reducing inaccuracies, speed up the voter check-in process at polling places. ncsl
To protect the integrity of our elections is making sure the voter rolls are accurate and up-to-date.
In 2005, the United States Department of Justice sued the state of Missouri, alleging nearly one-third of the state’s counties had a higher number of registered voters on their rolls than residents of voting age in the November 2004 general elections. komu
The Globe reported in 2016, “Massachusetts voter rolls list a record 4.5 million registrations, but an untold number — potentially as high as 1 million registrations — should no longer be on the books.” BostonGlobe
Eventually, out-of-date registrations are removed but there can be a lag time of several years.
A 2012 Pew report called voter registration systems in many states inefficient and said they have failed to keep pace with technological improvements, creating inaccurate lists of registered voters.
The study estimated that about 24 million, or one in every eight, voter registrations nationwide were no longer valid or “significantly inaccurate.” That included more than 1.8 million deceased individuals listed as voters and 2.75 million people with registrations in more than one state. BostonGlobe
A GAO June 2016 report stated, “The Pew report went on to state that “outdated and inaccurate voter rolls and a heavy dependence on new voter registrations submitted by unregulated third-party groups led to troubling questions about the integrity of our elections.”
The Pew report provided recommended steps that states should take toward modernizing their voter registration systems. These recommendations included offering online registration, providing improved technology at motor vehicle offices and public aid agencies to aid in registration, and exchanging data with other states to aid in removing duplicate and invalid records and removing ineligible voters.
Founded in 2012 as a project between the states and The Pew Charitable Trusts, was organized to address the challenge of incomplete and inaccurate voter registration lists. Since shortly after ERIC’s founding, state election officials have overseen and managed the program to organize the collection, analysis, and distribution of data among member states. The organization uses automated data-matching software to produce reports for member states, with the goal of helping state and local officials maintain accurate registration lists. GAO
20 states plus Washington D.C use ERIC to keep their voter rolls accurate.
The Electronic Registration Information Center (ERIC) is partnering up with states to help them communicate about voter registration. The idea for ERIC was born out of the Pew Research Center’s conference called “Voting in America”:
“The overall consensus was that voter registration was out of date,” ERIC’s executive director John Lindback told Business Insider. “It’s the biggest problem with elections in the United States.”
ERIC was officially formed in 2012 with seven states: Colorado, Delaware, Maryland, Nevada, Utah, Virginia and Washington. ERIC collects data from the states’ voter registration databases, DMV records, the Social Security Death Index, and changes in addresses from the U.S. Postal Service. They crosscheck names with the data collected from other states, and if they find potential duplicates, ERIC notifies the states, which can then contact the person directly and ask them to update their voter registration information.
Today, ERIC’s membership has grown to 20 states, as well as Washington D.C. BusinessInsider
Days after searching the Delaware County office of a Democratic grassroots organization for evidence of voter-registration fraud, state police on Thursday raided a second office – this one in Philadelphia.
Agents executed the warrant at FieldWorks LLC’s office in North Philadelphia after 5 p.m., seeking, among other things, forms that could be used to “construct fraudulent voter registration forms” and “completed voter registration forms containing same or similar identifying information of individuals on multiple forms,” court documents show.
As in the raid in Norwood, the latest warrant said investigators from the Pennsylvania Attorney General’s Office suspected “tampering with public records or information” or violations of an act that regulates military and overseas ballots.
Wyoming is verifying eligibility to vote in elections. Those who became citizens should easily be able to provide proof of citizenship – naturalization papers.
The Wyoming Secretary of State’s Office alerted county clerks to require an undetermined number of people to provide proof of citizenship before allowing them to vote, stirring anger from some who say it has deterred people from casting ballots.
State Election Director Kai Schon said some noncitizens can apply for driver’s licenses and that information did not make it into the voter registration system until recently, making it necessary to ask some people to show they are qualified to vote.
“Prior to this year, there was no means of validating whether or not individuals registering to vote with a Wyoming driver’s license were citizens or not,” Schon wrote in a letter to a critic Tuesday.
The state alerted the Teton County Clerk’s Office to check 59 people early this year. The office has notified them to provide citizenship confirmation before they can vote in next month’s general election.
Schon did not say how many voters statewide were told to verify their status.
Isabel Zumel, an advocate for Teton County’s Latino community, has written to Secretary of State Ed Murray saying the move prevented some voting in the August primary election. She told Murray she knows of three people who received notice requiring them to provide proof of citizenship.
“One of the people got very upset,” Zumel said. “I think it just made her so upset that she decided not to go forward and show the proof.”
The effort did not target a specific ethnicity, Teton County Clerk Sherry Daigle said, but she has received some angry calls from people who had received citizenship and had to go register to vote.
“It wasn’t singling any specific people out at all,” she said. “It wasn’t malicious in any means.”
The state used driver’s license information from the state Department of Transportation to identify people who were originally registered as non-residents, temporary aliens or resident aliens, Schon said Wednesday.
The election director said some of the people on the lists may have subsequently become naturalized citizens. He said the state undertook the project to satisfy concerns of county clerks around the state that no non-citizens be allowed to vote, although he said he’s not aware that any has. CasperStarTribune
Sure hope they are not throwing out those Republican voter registrations.
Under Nevada Revised Statute 293.505(10), while registering a voter, a field registrar shall not: (a) Solicit a vote for or against a particular question or candidate; (b) Speak to a voter on the subject of marking his or her ballot for or against a particular question or candidate; or (c) Distribute any petition or other material concerning a candidate or question which will be on the ballot for the ensuing election.
A registrar was displaying a ‘Stand Up to Trump’ flier, handing out Hillary Clinton brochures while registering voters in Nevada. The vehicle she gets in has a California license plate.
Registering voters while displaying Hillary Clinton stickers.
Andrew Spiele, a senior political science major at James Madison University “working for a Democrat-aligned voter registration group got caught filing applications on behalf of dead people when he filed an application for a deceased World War II veteran who was known by a local clerk,” reported Free Beacon
Dead people are voting in Colorado. A CBS4 investigation has found multiple cases of dead men and women voting in Colorado months and in some cases years after their deaths.
Virginia Voters Alliance looked at only 8 of 125 localities, the problem is much worse. 1,046 Virginia align and non-citizen voters may just be the tip of the iceberg. Voter ID laws would catch almost all of these illegal voters.
More than 1,000 non-citizens in eight Virginia localities have voted in recent elections in the key swing state and the Democrat governor is reportedly stonewalling an investigation that could uncover an even larger election fraud problem. worldtribune
“Before his appointment by Democratic Gov. Terence McAuliffe, Cortés [commissioner of the commonwealth’s department of elections] was a left-wing operative of Virginia Voting Rights Restoration Campaign, within the left-wing Advancement Project. The project was funded and supported by George Soros, through his Tides Foundation and Open Society Foundations. BreitBart
In Virginia, no proof of citizenship is required when voters register.
The disclosure is a major problem for Virginia and the nation. One thousand votes or so is enough to swing a close election in the state. In 2013, the Democratic candidate for attorney general won by fewer than 1,000 votes.
It’s also not inconceivable that a presidential race could come down to 1,000 votes or less, as happened in Florida in 2000. Like Florida, Virginia is considered a swing state.
The Virginia Voters Alliance looked into the issue first with Alexandria, Virginia. The alliance noticed that the Northern Virginia city had more people registered to vote than eligible voters who lived there.
The alliance found 70 non-citizens had registered. The non-citizens had been purged from the voter rolls — but in some cases, had voted in the interim.
Adams said the watchdog group moved the investigation wider and soon met resistance. Adams said Gov. Terry McAuliffe, a Democrat and an old friend of Hillary Clinton, told a key staffer to advise officials in other Virginia localities to ignore Adams’ requests for information.
The problem of non-citizens is likely worse than what the alliance found in eight Virginia localities.
“The problem is most certainly exponentially worse because we have no data regarding aliens on the registration rolls for the other 125 Virginia localities,” the report reads. “Even in this small sample, when the voting history of this small sample of alien registrants is examined, nearly 200 verified ballots were cast before they were removed from the rolls. Each one of them is likely a felony.” Polizette
Arcan Cetin, who killed five people at the Cascade Mall in Washington State voted in the past three elections. He is not a U.S. citizen.
The Cascade Mall shooting suspect, Arcan Cetin, may face an additional investigation related to his voting record and citizenship status.
Federal sources confirm to KING 5 that Cetin was not a U.S. citizen, meaning legally he cannot vote. However, state records show Cetin registered to vote in 2014 and participated in three election cycles, including the May presidential primary.
Cetin, who immigrated to the United States from Turkey as a child, is considered a permanent resident or green card holder. While a permanent resident can apply for U.S. citizenship after a certain period of time, sources tell KING his status had not changed from green card holder to U.S. citizen. king5
This shows why voter ID laws are needed. Arcan Cetin was not a naturalized U.S. citizen, he was merely a green card holder which does not give one the right to vote in our elections.
While voters must attest to citizenship upon registering online or registering to vote at the Department of Licensing Office, Washington state doesn’t require proof of citizenship. Therefore elections officials say the state’s elections system operates, more or less, under an honor system. king5