AG’s Office arrests 11 in Paterson

The attorney general’s office arrested 11 people since yesterday in connection with alleged voter fraud schemes involving the May 2010 Paterson

The attorney general’s office arrested 11 people since yesterday in connection with alleged voter fraud schemes involving the May 2010 Paterson city council election, according to AG Paula Dow.

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Belkis M. Cespedes, 50, of Paterson; Ana Vely-Gomez, 47, of Paterson; Lucia A. Guzman, 41, of Paterson; Inocencio Jiminez, 55, of Paterson; and Jose Ramon Ruiz, 62, of Prospect Park were arrested yesterday on charges of second- and third-degree voter fraud and third-degree tampering with public records:.  In addition, Dalila Rodriguez, 60, of Paterson, and Wilson A. Torres, 29, of Paterson were arrested yesterday on charges of third-degree voter fraud and third-degree tampering with public records. 

Today, the AG’s Office made additional third-degree voter fraud and third-degree tampering with public records arrests: Octavio A. Dominguez, 47, of Elmwood Park; Juana A. Gil, 43, of Paterson; Jose E. Gonzalez, 42, of Paterson; and Loudes Inoa, 37, Paterson.

Dow said the New Jersey State Police Official Corruption North Unit made the arrests and transported the subjects to the Totowa Station, wherethey received complaint summonses and were released.  They will be ordered to appear at the Passaic County Superior Court at a later date yet to be determined, Dow said. 

In addition, Ricardo A. Fermin-Cepeda, 24, of Paterson, was charged with second- and third-degree voter fraud and third-degree tampering with public records.  Fermin-Cepeda is currently a fugitive.

“The defendants arrested today and yesterday, as well as Fermin-Cepeda, all allegedly acted as bearers/messengers for mail-in (absentee) ballots. The complaint summonses allege that the defendants tampered with mail-in ballots and/or voted mail-in ballots on behalf of voters who did not receive the ballots or who did not authorize them to vote for them,” according to the state attorney general’s office. “It is also alleged that Cespedes voted twice – once using her married named of Belkis Cespedes and once using her maiden name of Belkis Nunez.”

 

AG’s Office arrests 11 in Paterson