Former Liberal Congressman Arrested For Helping Democrats Commit Voter Fraud

A former Democratic U.S. Congressman was jailed for committing election fraud to try and help Democrat candidates win.

Michael “Ozzie” Myers, 79, was sentenced to more than two years in jail for conspiring to cheat in elections.

The former Pennsylvania representative pled guilty to several counts, which include conspiracy to deprive voters of civil rights, bribery, obstruction of justice, falsification of voting records, conspiring to vote in a federal election illegally, and orchestrating schemes to stuff the ballot boxes for certain Democratic candidates fraudulently. This happened over the span of several years.

According to the Department of Justice, he conspired in the 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, and 2018 Pennsylvania elections.

Myers was ultimately sentenced to 30 months in prison with an additional three years of supervised release. United States District Court Judge Paul S. Diamond did the sentencing and also ordered Myers to pay $100,000 in fines.

The disgraced former politician served in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1976 to 1980. He was ultimately removed from his position and served three years in prison after being convicted of bribery.

According to a statement by the DOJ, Myers admitted that he bribed a Judge of elections. With the judge’s help, this resulted in Myers was able to increase votes for specific Democrat candidates in primary elections. This went on for years, and it is unknown how many elections could have ended differently if the interference didn’t happen.

Myers also admitted to committing election fraud with another corrupt former Judge of Election.

“Voting is the cornerstone of our democracy. If even one vote has been illegally cast or if the integrity of just one election official is compromised, it diminishes faith in process,” said U.S. Attorney Jacqueline C. Romero. “This defendant used his position, knowledge of the process, and connections to fix elections for his preferred candidates, which demonstrates a truly flagrant disregard for the laws which govern our elections. He will now spend 30 months in prison as penalty for his crimes.”

“Protecting the legitimacy of elections is critical to ensuring the public’s trust in the process,” said Jacqueline Maguire, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI’s Philadelphia Division. “Through his actions, Ozzie Myers pointedly disdained both the will of Philadelphia voters and the rule of law. He’s now a federal felon twice over, heading back behind bars, with time to consider the great consequence of free and fair elections.”

With election interference continuing to be a contentious topic, without reform, Republicans will face a tough road ahead.