October 21, 2017

Top Staffer for Florida Dem. Rep. Garcia Resigns Amid Voting Fraud Probe

joe_garciaThe top staffer for Florida Democratic Rep. Joe Garcia resigned this weekend after being implicated in a voting-fraud scheme.

Chief of Staff Jeffrey Garcia resigned Friday after taking responsibility for the plot and being asked by the congressman for his resignation.

A “well-intentioned attempt to maximize voter turnout” – Rep. Joe Garcia, D-Fla.

The congressman said Saturday he thinks the plot was a “well-intentioned attempt to maximize voter turnout” and that the system is “prone to fraud.”

Several hours before the resignation, law-enforcement investigators raided the homes of Giancarlo Sopo, the congressman’s communications director, and John Estes, his 2012 campaign manager.

Authorities are investigating a sophisticated scheme to manipulate last year’s primary elections by submitting hundreds of fraudulent absentee-ballot requests.

Garcia won the primary and later defeated incumbent Republican David Rivera in the general election.

That primary resulted in a separate, federal corruption investigation into whether Rivera had ties to the illegally funded primary campaign of one of Garcia’s opponents. Rivera has denied any wrongdoing.

Published June 02, 2013 / FoxNews.com / The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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