The Biden administration announced that a man described as a “political operative” has been arrested and charged with election fraud in connection with the 2022 election.
Craig Callaway, 64, is the former president of the Atlantic City Council and reportedly worked in various positions for both the Republican Party and Democratic Party.
The Epoch Times reported that Callaway is accused of “depriving, defrauding, and “attempting to deprive and defraud New Jersey residents of a fair and impartially conducted election process by the fraudulent procurement, casting, and tabulation of ballots.”
Documents for federal prosecutors state: “Mr. Callaway and people working for him approached people in Atlantic City in the fall of 2022 and offered $30 to $50 for one day of work at the Atlantic County Clerk’s Office.”
The Epoch Times reported that Callaway previously was convicted of bribery while he was a councilman and served a prison term.
Michael Suleiman, the chairman of the Atlantic County Democrats, stated: “It’s no secret that candidates from both parties have hired Callaway in the past to help them win elections. Those who hired him cannot plead ignorance now. Everyone in Atlantic County knows exactly what Callaway’s operation is and the blatant illegality of it all.”
Suleiman added: “As someone who believes mail-in voting is still a safe and easy way to increase voter participation, today’s news illustrates the need for more election reform. I will be speaking to the governor’s office and legislative leaders about legislation to ban payments to messengers and bearers, as well as mandate prepaid postage on all mail-in ballots so that voters do not need to engage third parties to safely return their ballots.”
Prosecutor documents add: “People who accepted the offer were transported to the office by Mr. Callaway and his workers. Once there, they handed over their identification, authorities said. Mr. Callaway and his subordinates used the identification to fill out a part of mail-in ballot applications identifying themselves as authorized messengers for others.”
The filings continue: “The people took the forms into the office and received mail-in ballots for people they did not know, prosecutors said. The people gave the ballots to Mr. Callaway and his workers. The ballots were later cast under names of other people and many were counted in the official election tally.”
The charges can incur fines of up to $250,000 and a prison term of up to five years.
U.S. Attorney for the District of New Jersey Philip Sellinger said: “Holding free and fair elections is a bedrock principle of our democracy. As alleged in the complaint, the defendant attempted to deprive New Jersey residents of a fair election by fraudulently procuring and casting ballots.”
Sellinger stressed that actions taken against Callaway “reflect our office’s commitment to hold to account those who try to undermine the electoral process.”
FBI agent James Dennehy added: “Voter fraud at any level chips away at the faith people have in our system. We’re unable as American citizens to hold our government accountable if our votes are compromised. The FBI and our law enforcement partners understand the gravity of protecting the process and will bring those criminals who break the law to justice.”
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