At least 19 foreign nationals have been charged with voter fraud in North Carolina.
The U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of North Carolina, Matthew G.T. Martin, said Wednesday that the individuals were discovered to have voted in the 2016 presidential elections. At least one of them also voted in the 2018 mid-term elections.
According to an August 31 indictment in federal court, seven of the individuals were charged with falsely claiming U.S. citizenship, lying on a voter application. They are also charged with misdemeanor charges of voting in 2016.
They were identified as Francisco Antonio-Aguirre, 64, of Guatemala; Roob Kaur Atar-Singh, 57, of Malaysia; Rosalva Negrete-Toledo, aka Rosalva Cortes, 65, of Mexico; Dave Delano Virgil, 57, of Tobago; Eloy Alberto Zayas-Berrier, 70, of Cuba; Emmanuel Olakunle Atoyebi, 31, of Nigeria; and Mokhtar Qaid Ahmed Gulaimid, 48, of Yemen.
ABC affiliate WTVD reported that Atoyebi was also accused of making false statements in a naturalization proceeding and to a federal agent, while Gulaimid was charged with also making misleading statements in his naturalization process and in an immigration document.
The seven individuals could face up six years in federal prison, a $350,000 fine, and a term of supervised release if they are found guilty.
A voter casts a vote in Durham, North Carolina, on November 8, 2016, for the presidential election. The U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of North Carolina, Matthew G.T. Martin, said Wednesday that 19 foreign nationals were found to have illegally voted in the 2016 presidential elections. Non-citizens are not allowed to vote under U.S. law
State election officials are expecting a larger share of voters to cast their ballots by mail this year rather than go to the polls like these voters in Cary, North Carolina in 2012
On August 13, 12 foreign nationals were charged with casting votes in the 2016 elections as non-citizens, a misdemeanor that carries up to one-year in jail, a fine that can't surpass $100,000, or both.
There were identified as Ismay Prudence Kathleen James, 54, of Bermuda; Donald Christian Martyn, 44, of Sierra Leone; Chaim Pinto, 68, of Israel; John Andrew Rapsky, 54, of Canada; Baijoo Pottakulath Thomas, 58, of India; Shuqin Yin, 54, of China; Chirong Yin Billings, aka Chirong Cummings, 56, of China; Henry Alberto Araya-Vega, 52, of Costa Rica; Rufina Concho-Locklear, 82, of Mexico; Alberto Damaize-Job, aka Alberto Damaize, 73, of Nicaragua; Armando Nava-Juarez, aka Armando Nava, 51, of Mexico; and Manuel Efrain Valladares, 48, of El Salvador.
Under U.S. law, non-citizens are not permitted to register to vote or to vote in a federal election.
The indictments were revealed on the same day President Donald Trump visited Wilmington and said North Carolina voters should