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Authorities Charge Prominent Democrat In Elaborate Mail-In Ballot Scheme

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Prominent Atlantic City Democratic operative Craig Callaway has been charged with orchestrating a mail-in ballot scheme to sway elections.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office in New Jersey has accused him of fraudulently procuring and casting ballots, undermining the electoral process.

Callaway and his associates allegedly paid individuals to serve as authorized messengers for voters intending to vote by mail, but then collected and submitted the ballots themselves.

“Holding free and fair elections is a bedrock principle of our democracy. As alleged in the complaint, the defendant attempted to deprive New Jersey residents of a fair election by fraudulently procuring and casting ballots. Today’s charges reflect our office’s commitment to hold to account those who try to undermine the electoral process,” U.S. Attorney Philip R. Sellinger said.

Many of the ballots were cast under the names of individuals who did not participate in the election.

“Voter fraud at any level chips away at the faith people have in our system,” FBI Newark Special Agent in Charge James E. Dennehy said. “We’re unable as American citizens to hold our government accountable if our votes are compromised. The FBI and our law enforcement partners understand the gravity of protecting the process and will bring those criminals who break the law to justice.”

“Under New Jersey law, a messenger is required to deliver any mail-in ballot they received directly to the voter who requested the ballots, and certify that they would do so. However, after receiving mail-in ballots, these purported messengers left the county clerk’s office and instead handed the ballots to Callaway or his subordinates,” the press release said.

Callaway faces a potential penalty of five years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000.

This isn’t Callaway’s first encounter with the law, as he was previously sentenced for bribery and was involved in a sex sting against a political rival.

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