Dem Congressman Gets 30 Months in Prison For Election Fraud

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Corrupt politicians were not only active in the 2020 elections, but they have also really been around for a very long time and oftentimes, they are repeat offenders, with the public supporting them even after they have been caught and found guilty.  The cognitive dissonance between what the public claims they want-trusted politicians and what they actually support- is shocking.

This case had drawn national attention from concerned voters in an election integrity movement led by President Donald J. Trump, who has talked about Democrats in Philadelphia who routinely cheat in elections.

And one Democrat has been busted again- for the second time.

“The societal cost of what Mr. Myers did here — not once, not twice, not three, four, five, six times — but over six election cycles just in the [indictment] … has undermined confidence in the city of Philadelphia, more broadly in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, but also across the nation,” Assistant U.S. Attorney Eric L. Gibson said about the case of one Democrat Congressman has been busted for election fraud.

The busted Democrat, who has worked as a Democratic campaign consultant since his release from federal prison in the 1980s — pleaded guilty earlier this year to election fraud charges, admitting he’d persuaded two South Philadelphia elections officials to add fake votes to candidates who’d hired him for their races from 2014 to 2016. Local news had the story:

“Former Abscam Congressman ‘Ozzie’ Myers is headed back to federal prison for election fraud. The former politician was sentenced to 2 1/2 years behind bars after pleading guilty to bribing election workers to stuff ballot boxes in local elections, the Philadelphia Inquirer reported recently, adding:

“The last time former U.S. Rep. Michael “Ozzie” Myers stood before a federal judge to face sentencing in a bribery case, Ronald Reagan was president, and Abscam — the 1970s scandal that sent Myers and a host of other elected officials to prison — dominated newspaper headlines.

But as the now 79-year-old found himself facing a similar predicament Tuesday — this time awaiting punishment for a separate bribery scheme involving ballot-stuffing in local elections. 

Saying he had little confidence Myers had learned anything in the four decades between his convictions, U.S. District Judge Paul S. Diamond sentenced the former congressman to 2½ years in prison and ordered him hauled off to jail immediately — a decision that hit the courtroom like a bomb.”

Media reports show gasps erupted from the gallery filled with Myers’ family and friends. Some began sobbing, while others muttered quiet curses at the judge under their breath.

Myers’ son attempted to leap across the courtroom pews, shouting “I’m just trying to say goodbye,” as U.S. Marshals surrounded his father and prepared to escort him away.

The Philadelphia paper  added details:

“I can’t believe it,” said one gobsmacked supporter as she watched him taken away. “It’s a death sentence.”

That dramatic scene capped off what, up to that point, had been a relatively routine hearing aside from the crimes alleged and the man who’d admitted to committing them.

The Daily News Foundation reported on the case:

A former Democratic Pennsylvania congressman received a 30-month prison sentence after committing fraud favoring Democratic candidates, the Eastern District of Pennsylvania’s U.S. Attorney’s Office announced Tuesday.

He pled guilty to illegally conspiring to vote in a federal election and depriving civil rights, falsifying voting records, bribery, obstruction of justice, and orchestrating ballot-stuffing schemes in Pennsylvania’s 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, and 2018 elections, the office said. He was a U.S. House member from 1976 to 1980 before being expelled for bribery and sent to prison for three years after the FBI exposed him.

Myers was also assigned three years of supervised release and fines totaling $100,000 in the more recent case.

Myers bribed then-Philadelphia election judge Domenick J. Demuro to stuff ballots in support of specific candidates, according to a 2020 indictment. Demuro pleaded guilty that year.

Myer also confessed to election fraud conspiracy with former Philadelphia election judge Marie Beren, who pleaded guilty in October 2021, the Washington Examiner reported.

“Protecting the legitimacy of elections is critical to ensuring the public’s trust in the process,” FBI Philadelphia Division Special Agent in Charge Jacqueline Maguire said. “Through his actions, Ozzie Myers pointedly disdained both the will of Philadelphia voters and the rule of law. He’s now a federal felon twice over, heading back behind bars, with time to consider the great consequence of free and fair elections.”

After an investigation by #FBIPhilly w/@PAStatePolice assistance, former U.S. Rep. Michael “Ozzie” Myers has been sentenced to 30 months in prison for election fraud. He’d served time in the ’80s for his role in the ABSCAM case. More info via @USAO_EDPA:

A lawyer for Myers did not respond to the Daily Caller News Foundation’s request for comment.

Prosecutors have not identified the candidates supported by Myers’ bribes and said few, if any, had any idea what he was doing with the money they’d paid him. Moreover, they’ve noted that despite the seriousness of his crimes, the fake votes Myers bought were not enough to swing even his South Philadelphia ward — let alone the outcome of any election.

 

 

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