AG’s Office: three more charged in messenger ballot fraud from ’07 Ruiz campaign

The state Attorney General’s Office indicted three more people for election fraud in connection with absentee ballots they collected and submitted as workers for the 2007 state senate campaign of Teresa Ruiz, according to a release issued by the AG’s Office.

A fourth Ruiz campaign worker,Antonio Santana, was previously indicted on March 23 on charges he fraudulently changed votes on absentee ballots during the election.

According to Criminal Justice Director Deborah L. Gramiccioni, a state grand jury returned two indictments today charging three individuals in the ongoing investigation by the Division of Criminal Justice Corruption Bureau and the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office.

The charges pile up as follows:Gianine Narvaez, 36, of Belleville, a data processing technician for the Essex County Commissioner of Registration and Superintendent of Elections, with official misconduct (2nd degree), election fraud (2nd degree), absentee ballot fraud (3rd degree), tampering with public records or information (3rd degree), and forgery (4th degree); Angel Colon, 46, of Newark, an employee of the City of Newark Office of Affirmative Action; and Colon’s fiancée, Sorinette Rosario, 31, of Belleville, an employee of the Newark Welfare Department, with election fraud (2nd degree), conspiracy to commit election fraud (2nd degree), absentee ballot fraud (3rd degree), conspiracy to commit absentee ballot fraud (3rd degree), tampering with public records or information (3rd degree), and forgery (4th degree).

 

Criminal Justice Director Deborah L. Gramiccioni said Narvaez, Colon and Rosario are charged with tampering with documentation for messenger ballots.

AG’s Office: three more charged in messenger ballot fraud from ’07 Ruiz campaign