(SNews) – Pennsylvania’s attorney general has announced that a Democrat operative has been arrested for “widespread” voter fraud, just days after the state’s controversial midterm elections.
Attorney General Josh Shapiro confirmed the arrest of Democratic Party consultant Rasheen Crews this week.
Philadelphia-based Crews is accused of orchestrating a “widespread” ballot fraud scheme that includes forging thousands of signatures to rig elections for Democrat candidates.
Crews was allegedly caught forging signatures on nomination petitions to get his clients on the ballot for the 2019 Democratic primary races in Philadelphia.
“In advance of the 2023 municipal elections, this arrest is an important reminder that interfering with the integrity of our elections is a serious crime,” AG Shapiro said in a statement.
“By soliciting and organizing the wide-scale forgery of signatures, the defendant undermined the democratic process and Philadelphians’ right to a free and fair election.
“My office is dedicated to upholding the integrity of the election process across the Commonwealth, to ensure everyone can participate in Pennsylvania’s future.”
However, many are now questioning why Shapiro, a Democrat, waited until after the 2022 midterms to arrest Crews for the 2019 crimes.
Due to the charges being filed on November 15, it’s unclear whether Crews was free to run his voter fraud scheme during the midterms or other elections.
“An investigation by the Office of Attorney General found that in 2019, multiple candidates hired Crews to help them obtain the requisite amount of signatures needed for their nomination petitions for the Democratic primary races,” Shapiro’s office said of the arrest.
“Crews recruited individuals to help with the petition work, bringing them to a hotel room and asking them to write names, addresses, and forged signatures on multiple petitions.
“Crews then had these petitions notarized and filed with the Pennsylvania Department of State on behalf of his clients.”
“Of the petitions that were reviewed, over one thousand signatures were determined to be duplicated,” the AG continued.
“Many names and addresses were found repeated on various petition pages, some pages appeared to be photocopied entirely, and some of the listed individuals claimed to have never signed the petitions in question.
“Due to the questions around the petition signatures, some candidates chose to withdraw entirely from the election.”
Crews was charged with Criminal Solicitation to Commit Forgery and Theft By Failure to Make Required Disposition.
The criminal case is being prosecuted by Senior Deputy Attorney General Thomas Ost-Prisco.