A former democratic police chief and current city council member in Louisiana have both pleaded guilty to federal charges in what prosecutors say was a vote-buying scheme in the 2016 and 2020 elections.
Jerry Trabona, 72, the former Amite City police chief, and City Councilman Kristian “Kris” Hart, 49, pleaded guilty Wednesday to conspiring to pay and offering to pay voters in Tangipahoa Parish for voting in the 2016 primary and general elections.
In July, Trabona and Hart pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit vote buying. Hart also pleaded guilty to three counts of paying and offering to pay voters.
According to The Gateway Pundit, the two Louisiana Democrats were sentenced to 12 months in prison for taking part in a vote-buying scheme. Apparently, this is still a crime despite the federal government ignoring almost all of the election crimes by crooked Democrats.
Former Chief of Police in Amite City, Jerry Trabona, and Kristian Hart, a former Amite City councilmember, were each sentenced to one year in prison for violating federal election laws. Trabona was also ordered to pay a $10,000 fine. https://t.co/SsVWc2mUs5 pic.twitter.com/EPe4nL9y2d
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More details of this report from The Daily Caller:
Former Democratic Amite City, Louisiana, police chief Jerry Trabona and City Councilwoman Kristian “Kris” Hart were sentenced to one year in prison Wednesday for violating federal election laws after it was discovered that they were buying votes, according to a Department of Justice (DOJ) press release.
Trabona, 73, and Hart, 50, each received one year in prison following an investigation, led by the FBI’s New Orleans Field Office, which showed that Trabona and Hart worked to hire individuals to identify potential voters, transport the voters and offer payment to the voters – provided they voted in the requested manner, according to the DOJ press release. Alongside the one year prison sentence, Trabona was ordered to pay a $10,000 fine and another unnamed conspirator was sentenced to four months in prison.
Hart and Trabona were able to successfully buy votes by providing sample ballots with the desired candidate name and number, according to The Heritage Foundation. The ballots were for Hart, Trabona and other preferred candidates.
Former Louisiana Police Chief, City Councilmember, and Additional Co-Conspirator Sentenced in Vote Buying Conspiracyhttps://t.co/2es2xoYi5V
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