(AP) — New Jersey's attorney general says a campaign worker has been
convicted of election fraud and other charges for submitting fraudulent
absentee ballots in a 2007 state senate race.
John Fernandez was
found guilty in superior court in Mercer County Friday of conspiracy,
election fraud, absentee ballot fraud, tampering with public records or
information and forgery.
Prosecutors say Fernandez, an employee of
the Essex County Department of Economic Development, submitted ballots
on behalf of voters in the Nov. 6, 2007 general election without their
The 61-year-old Belleville resident helped collect
ballots on behalf of Teresa Ruiz, who won the election and still serves
in the senate.
Authorities have said Ruiz and her staff cooperated fully in the investigation.
Several other workers on the campaign were also charged.
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