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Special Registration Deputy Convicted of Election Fraud


MILWAUKEEAttorney General J.B. Van Hollen announced today that Frank Walton, a former Special Registration Deputy, was convicted of election fraud – falsely procuring voter registration, arising out of the 2008 Presidential Election. Walton was charged by the Election Fraud Task Force, a collaborative effort between the Department of Justice, the Milwaukee County District Attorney's Office and the Milwaukee Police Department


According to the criminal complaint, Walton served as a Special Registration Deputy for the City of Milwaukee and was paid by the Community Voters Project, a special interest group organized under the auspices of the Fund for the Public Interest. Walton pleaded guilty to the charge that he submitted falsified voter registration forms between June 4, 2008, and June 17, 2008. Of the approximately 70 forms submitted by Walton, 54 of the forms contained information that proved to be false. Some of those forms listed addresses that were vacant or were commercial businesses.


This charge carries a potential penalty of imprisonment up to 3 ½ years and a $10,000 fine. Walton is scheduled to be sentenced on December 6, 2010, before Judge Thomas Donegan.


Prior to the November 2008 election, Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen and Milwaukee County District Attorney John Chisholm announced the creation of the Election Fraud Task Force, a multi-jurisdictional action team that evaluates, investigates and prosecutes complaints of electoral fraud. The Department of Justice and the Milwaukee County District Attorney's Office work cooperatively with local law enforcement and the Milwaukee Police Department as needed when investigation is required.


Assistant Attorney General David W. Maas is representing the State.