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19 Foreign Nationals Charged With Illegally Voting In 2016 Election

The Justice Department announced on Friday that it has charged 19 foreign nationals from 14 countries for illegally voting in the 2016 U.S. elections.

Out of those charged, “nine made false claims of U.S. citizenship in order to vote,” The Hill reported. The remaining ten defendants were charged separately for illegally voting. Fox News reports that the following individuals were charged:

  • Alessandro Cannizzaro, 46, Italy
  • Dieudonne Soifils, 71, Haiti
  • Hyo Suk George, 69, Korea
  • Merius Jean, 54, Haiti
  • Rosemarie Angelika Harris, 60, Germany
  • Daniel Tadeusz Romanowski, 39, Poland
  • Diana Patricia Franco-Rodriguez, 26, Mexico
  • Ramon Esteban Paez-Jerez, 58, Dominican Republic
  • Jose Cruz Solano-Rodriguez, 41, Mexico
  • Guadalupe Espinosa-Pena, 63, Mexico
  • Sarah Emilia Silverio-Polanco, 35, Dominican Republic
  • Elizabeth Nene Amachaghi, 44, Nigeria
  • Maria Rufina Castillo-Boswell, 31, Philippines
  • Dora Maybe Damatta-Rodriguez, 64, Panama
  • Elvis David Fullerton, age 54, Grenada
  • Olive Agatha Martin, 71, Guyana
  • Kaoru Sauls, 54, Japan
  • Jose Jaime Ramiro-Torres, 52, El Salvador
  • Juan Francisco Landeros-Mireles, 64, Mexico

Fox News added that the DOJ also charged another man for “allegedly aiding and abetting another defendant, Espinosa-Pena, in falsely claiming United States citizenship in order to register to vote.”

President Donald Trump has made fighting voter fraud a top priority in his administration but has faced significant opposition from Democrats.

If convicted, the defendants could face up to six years in prison, $350,000 in fines, and supervised release following their time in prison.