Former Philadelphia Democrat Rep. Charged With Bribery And Ballot Stuffing

Here we go again.

The crime that Democrats insist never happens has just been committed by another Democrat.

Michael ‘Ozzie’ Myers, a former Democrat congressman from Philadelphia has been charged with bribery and ballot stuffing.

NBC News in Philadelphia reports:

Feds Accuse Ex-Philly Congressman Myers of Stuffing Ballots

U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania William McSwain announced the charges Thursday in a video statement.

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“Through the alleged scheme, Myers advanced his political and financial interests through fraudulent and corrupt means by engaging in a “ballot stuffing” scheme that enabled him to take credit for the electoral success of his Philadelphia-based clients and preferred candidates,” McSwain said.

This is Myers’ second run-in with the feds. He is most known for his involvement in the infamous Abscam scandal of the late 1970s. While Myers was Pennsylvania’s First Congressional District representative, he was caught in 1979 taking a $50,000 bribe from an FBI agent posing as an Arab sheik. He and other elected officials from Philadelphia, New Jersey and New York were convicted in the scheme.

From the Department of Justice website:

Former Congressman Charged with Ballot Stuffing, Bribery, and Obstruction

A former U.S. Congressman was charged Tuesday in an indictment unsealed today, with conspiring to violate voting rights by fraudulently stuffing the ballot boxes for specific candidates in the 2014, 2015, and 2016 primary elections, bribery of an election official, falsification of records, voting more than once in federal elections, and obstruction of justice.

Michael “Ozzie” Myers, 77, of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, is charged with conspiring with and bribing the former Judge of Elections for the 39th Ward, 36th Division, Domenick J. Demuro. Demuro, who pleaded guilty previously in federal court in Philadelphia, was responsible for overseeing the entire election process and all voter activities of his division in accord with federal and state election laws.

“Free and fair elections are the hallmark of our system of government,” said Acting Assistant Attorney General Brian C. Rabbitt of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division. “The Department of Justice has zero tolerance for corruption of the electoral process, and we will spare no effort in investigating and prosecuting those who would seek an unfair advantage at the polls by bribing state and local officials responsible for ensuring the fairness of our elections.”

Sounds like he’s in a bit of trouble.

Hope he has a good lawyer.

 

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