The individuals have each been charged eight crimes, including perjury, conspiracy to commit perjury and perjury in election law. Some of the charges carry penalties of up to 14 years in prison and/or a $10,000 fine.
Attorney General Dana Nessel announced the charges against Kathleen Berden, William Choate, Amy Marie Facchinello, Clifford Frost Jr., Stanley Grot, John Haggard, Mari-ann McQuater Henry, Timothy King, Michele Goder Lundgren, Meshawn Maddock, James Robbins Renner , Mayra Adela Rodriguez, Rose Rook, Marian Sheridan, Kenneth Thompson and Kent Vanderwood on Tuesday.
The count of conspiracy to commit falsification states that the defendants conspired with Rodriguez, Berden and Maddock, specifically, to “create, alter, falsify, or falsify a public record, with intent to injure or defraud.”
Rodriguez was the licensed attorney only among the group of fake Trump voters, according to the state attorney general’s website. Berden is a Michigan Republican National Committeewoman, and Maddock is the former co-chair of the Michigan Republican Party.
According to the attorney general’s office, the fake voters secretly gathered in the basement of the Michigan Republican Party headquarters on Dec. 14 and signed their names to various certificates declaring they were “duly elected and qualified voters for President and Vice President of the United States of America for the State of Michigan.”
“These false documents were then transmitted to the United States Senate and the National Archives in a coordinated effort to award the state’s electoral votes to the candidate of their choice, rather than the candidates actually elected by the people of Michigan,” said the ‘office of the attorney general. said in a release.
Nessel said the evidence shows the bogus voters “had no legal authority” and that all serious challenges to the results of Michigan’s 2020 election had been “denied, dismissed, or otherwise rejected when the bogus were assembled voters”.
“There was no legitimate legal recourse or plausible use of this document or an alternative list of voters,” Michigan’s attorney general said. “There was only the desperate effort of these defendants, whom we have charged with deliberately trying to interfere with and overturn our free and fair election process, and along with it, the will of millions of Michigan voters.”
Michigan was one of seven battleground states where the Trump campaign presented lists of “fake voters” as part of its strategy to sabotage the Electoral College process and possibly disrupt the certification of election results. 2020 congressional elections on January 6, 2021.
President Joe Biden defeated Trump by just over 154,000 votes in the 2020 election.
The group of bogus Michigan voters includes state and current GOP officials, a sitting mayor, a school board member and Trump supporters who filed a lawsuit alleging the election was stolen from the former president.
Nessel had originally referred the situation to federal prosecutors at the Justice Department, but reopened the state’s investigation in January.
“There will be those who claim that these charges are political in nature. But when there is overwhelming evidence of guilt on multiple counts, the most political thing I could do as a prosecutor would be to take no action,” Nessel said in recorded statements.
Michigan’s attorney general added that her office will continue to investigate efforts to overturn the 2020 election and that she “has not ruled out possible charges against additional defendants.”