June 19, 2024

Native Information

Fidelina Santiago gained a seat on the Lawrence Metropolis Council final month. Now she and one other lady are accused of voter fraud.

An incoming Lawrence metropolis councilor and one other native lady have been indicted Wednesday on prices of voter fraud in reference to final month’s municipal election, Essex District Legal professional Paul F. Tucker introduced.

Fidelina Santiago — who gained a seat on the Lawrence Metropolis Council in November — and Lawrence resident Jennifer Lopez have been every indicted on 4 counts of unlawful voting or making an attempt to vote; 4 counts of conspiracy to vote or making an attempt to vote illegally; 4 counts of illegal interference with a voter; and 4 counts of voting obstruction, the DA’s workplace stated in a information launch. 

Each girls might be arraigned at a later date, in response to the discharge. Boston.com has reached out to Santiago for remark; it was not instantly clear whether or not she or Lopez had an legal professional who may converse to the costs.

Tucker stated the DA’s workplace started investigating after Secretary of the Commonwealth William F. Galvin’s workplace alerted prosecutors to allegations of fraudulent voting within the metropolis’s November election. 

Final month, NBC10 Boston revealed video footage that appeared to indicate a girl eradicating mail-in ballots from a mailbox outdoors a Lawrence house. The information outlet spoke to a different native voter who stated somebody had cast her signature on a mail-in poll. 

“The minute we heard about it we took motion,” Galvin instructed NBC10 Boston on the time. “We’ve had a historical past of sending folks to jail once they’ve dedicated crimes. That’s what we’ll do right here.”

Lawrence’s election outcomes present Santiago gained the council’s District A seat with 537 votes to opponent Vladimir Acevedo’s 385. 

“Interfering with an election not solely undermines the legitimacy of presidency however erodes the general public’s confidence within the course of,” Tucker stated in a press release. “My workplace will vigorously prosecute people that threaten the integrity of elections.”