LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) – According to prosecutors, four men have given their role in a system in which homeless people in Skid Row were offered money and cigarettes in exchange for false and forged signatures on ballot applications and voter registration forms.
The 64-year-old Richard Howard and 38-year-old Louis Thomas Wise did not plead for a crime on Friday, in which one fictitious name or another's name was signed for an initiative petition and the registration of a fictitious person, the Los Angeles District Attorney said Angeles with Friday.
Two other men, 41-year-old Christopher Joseph Williams and 45-year-old Nickey Demelvin Huntley, each made no plea for a crime, initiative, or petition with false, fake, or fictitious names.
Howard was immediately sentenced to three years in prison and three years suspended.
Wise was sentenced to 16 months in prison and three years suspended.
Williams and Huntley were each sentenced to three years of parole.
Another defendant, Norman Hall, 63, pleaded guilty to circulating a petition with false, fake, or fictitious names. He was immediately sentenced to one year in prison, suspended for three years, and sentenced to 100 hours of community service.
The four remaining defendants face various charges, including the use of false names in a petition and election fraud.
The men were accused of requesting hundreds of false and / or forged signatures on government ballot applications and voter registration forms by offering homeless people $ 1 and / or cigarettes for their participation.
The program took place during the 2016 presidential and mid-term elections, according to the prosecutor. It is unclear what specific coordination measures are involved or whether the wrong signatures were discovered before the review.
Three of the defendants are scheduled to return to a court hearing on September 1.