The Iowa Department of Criminal Investigation announced that three individuals have been charged with Class D felonies for their participation in Iowa elections despite the fact that they are not United States citizens.
The individuals turned themselves in to law enforcement today, were booked into the Pottawattamie County Jail, and released on their own recognizance.
Secretary Schultz commented, “As Secretary of State one of my primary duties is to ensure that we have fair and honest elections. Every person who cheats in the voting booth deprives a hard-working, eligible citizen of their voice in our government. That is why I have been fighting for election integrity and will continue to do so.
“I am grateful for the hard work and dedication DCI has shown so far in their investigation of election crimes in our state.”
Three Individuals Charged with Election Misconduct in Pottawattamie County
Council Bluffs, IOWA — A DCI investigation into the 2010 and 2011 general and city elections in Pottawattamie County has resulted in three individuals being charged with Election Misconduct (vote fraud), a Class D Felony. Those charged are 52 year old Albert Harte-Maxwell of Council Bluffs, Iowa; 49 year old Linda Harte-Maxwell of Council Bluffs, Iowa; and 40 year old Maria Ayon-Fernandez of Council Bluffs, Iowa.
According to criminal complaints filed, Albert Harte-Maxwell, Linda Harte-Maxwell, and Maria Ayon-Fernandez are all non United States citizens who registered to vote in Pottawattamie County. Albert Harte-Maxwell voted in the 2010 general election and 2011 city election, Linda Harte-Maxwell voted in the 2011 city election and Maria Ayon-Fernandez voted in the 2010 general election.
Albert Harte-Maxwell, Linda Harte-Maxwell, and Maria Ayon-Fernandez turned themselves in to law enforcement today. All three individuals were booked into the Pottawattamie County Jail and released on their own recognizance.
This investigation was conducted through the cooperative efforts of the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation and the Pottawattamie County Attorney’s Office.
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