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Two dozen noncitizens accused of voter fraud

Posted on March 22, 2021

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Campaign signs line the entrance of the Mount Pleasant early voting site near Bailey ahead of November's general election.

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Campaign signs line the entrance of the Mount Pleasant early voting site near Bailey ahead of November's general election.

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RALEIGH — An 18-month federal investigation has resulted in voter fraud charges filed against 24 non-U.S. citizens living in eastern North Carolina, including Nash County.

The charges include making false claims of U.S. citizenship in order to register to vote, naturalization fraud and fraud and misuse of visas, permits and other documents as it relates to the registration to vote, and making false statements in immigration proceedings, said Don Connelly, public information officer for the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of North Carolina.

Each defendant is charged individually, Connelly said, with no conspiracy or coordination alleged. 

Homeland Security agents investigated the cases under the Document and Benefit Fraud Task Force in the Eastern District of North Carolina.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office thanked the U.S. Department of Homeland Security for its support in the investigation, Connelly said.

Two defendants are charged with illegally voting in the 2016 general election.

• Gabriela Guzman-Miguel, 26, of Mexico, is charged with voting by an alien. If convicted, she faces maximum penalties of 12 months in prison, a $100,000 fine and a term of supervised release following any term of imprisonment.

• Jose Abraham Navarro, 42, of Mexico, is charged with making a false claim of U.S. citizenship in order to register to vote and voting by an alien. If convicted, he faces maximum penalties of six years in prison, a $350,000 fine and a term of supervised release following any term of imprisonment.

The following defendants have been charged with making a false claim of U.S. citizenship in order to register to vote. If convicted, each defendant faces maximum penalties of five years in prison, a $250,000 fine and a term of supervised release following any term of imprisonment.

• Fathy Ahmed Nasser Almalikie, 43, of Yemen.

• Denis Javier Miranda, 55, of Nicaragua.

• Ikechukwu Agustine Okeke, 60, of Nigeria.

• Jhony Cristian Camacho-Torres, 27, of Mexico.

• Sander Darious, 23, of Haiti.

• Juan Aro Flores, 69, of Mexico.

• Andys Ramon Nunez-Orellana, 25, of Honduras.

• Ola Muayad Sarhan, 35, of Iraq.

• Miriam Perez Robledo, 24, of Mexico.

• Marco Antonio Herrera-Robles, 26, of Mexico.

• Lurbyn Sortaya Chirinos-Castro, 24, of Honduras.

• Soraya Paktiawal, 51, of Afghanistan.

• George Ian Richardson, 55, of Bermuda.

• Yssouf Jose Sanogo, 32, of France.

Three defendants have been charged with making false claims of U.S. citizenship in order to register to vote, naturalization fraud and fraud and misuse of visas, permits and other documents, as it relates to voter registration. 

If convicted, each defendant faces maximum penalties of 25 years in prison per count, a $250,000 fine per count and a term of supervised release following any term of imprisonment.

• Prince Obambo-Boboya, 30, of Congo.

• Ruth Elizabeth Bran, 48, of Guatemala.

• Odalinda Mondragon-Arroyo, 32, of Mexico.

Five defendants have been charged with naturalization fraud, making false statements in immigration proceedings and fraud and misuse of visas, permits and other documents. These charges stem from and are directly related to voter registration applications that they previously completed and allegedly falsely claimed to be U.S. citizens. 

If convicted, each defendant faces maximum penalties of 25 years in prison per count for naturalization fraud and visa fraud and five years per count for making false statements in immigration proceedings, a $250,000 fine per count and a term of supervised release following any term of imprisonment.

• Byron Rene Benavides-Campos, 29, of El Salvador.

• Jeffrey Kenneth Hamilton, 52, of Canada.

• Gessyca Evene Jeaspautine Missie, 26, of Congo.

• Miguel Angel Dominguez-Martinez, 27, of Guatemala.

• Faustin Ngaruyinka, 31, of Congo.  

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