FORMER INDEPENDENCE POLICE CHIEF PLEADS GUILTY TO DEPRIVATION OF RIGHTS UNDER COLOR OF LAW
ANTHONY P. MAURER, age 60, a resident of Independence, Louisiana, pled guilty yesterday in federal court before U. S. Magistrate Alma L. Chasez to deprivation of rights under color of law, announced U. S. Attorney Jim Letten.
According to the factual basis, MAURER caused his deputies to provide false information on their voter registration forms indicating that they lived in the voting district when, in fact, they did not. The purpose of the false voter registration was to enable the deputies to vote in the February 2, 2008 election. Their ineligible votes in that election deprived the voters of Tangipahoa Parish of their right to an undiluted election.
MAURER faces a possible maximum sentence of one (1) year imprisonment, a $10,000 fine and six (6) months supervised release. MAURER will be sentenced on June 15, 2010
The case was investigated by agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation and is being prosecuted by Assistant U. S. Attorney Irene González.
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