WISE, Va. A small-town mayor in Virginia faces some 240 charges for alleged election fraud and corruption.
He's one of 14 people charged in what prosecutors say was a scheme to take over the town council of Wise, Virginia. Among those indicted were two police officers.
Prosecutors say once the schemers took power, the police department engaged in drug trafficking, and money and personal possessions were illegally seized from residents.
To make sure they won the election in 2004, prosecutors say the defendants offered town residents cigarettes, alcohol, and even pork rinds for their votes.
A special prosecutor says Mayor Ben Cooper -- who is also town manager and runs the police department -- faces "more time than he could possibly serve."
Wise is a town of about two-thousand in southwest Virginia.
It must be nonpartisan fraud...
No mention of party affiliation..
Good ole boys doin thar thang.......keep it small and controll it all.
Vote fraud in Southwest Virginia. Wake me when something new happens.
I haven't worked a campaign out there in years, but S.O.P. used to be that all the rat had to do was to tell the unions how many votes he needed to carry the county. The union bosses checked off names at the polls.
but that this were limited only to Wise
Anybody who doesn't agree that something like this has a huge chilling effect on voter fraud in a 300 mile radius just aint paying attention, and you know what I'll talkin' about! A few months back there was an FBI voter fraud sting in West Virginia. That will help us against the bigoted old bastard. These to cases together will do wonders for the honesty meter of lots of elections in both states for a few cycles.