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NEWS RELEASE

OFFICE OF THE UNITED STATES ATTORNEY

WESTERN DISTRICT OF MISSOURI


BRADLEY J. SCHLOZMAN



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JANUARY 5, 2007

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


ACORN EMPLOYEE INDICTED FOR

ELECTION FRAUD, IDENTITY THEFT


            KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Bradley J. Schlozman, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced that a Kansas City, Mo., woman hired by ACORN to work in a voter registration drive was indicted by a federal grand jury today for election fraud and identity theft.


            Carmen R. Davis, also known as Latisha Reed, 37, of Kansas City, was charged in a four-count indictment returned by a federal grand jury in Kansas City.


            Davis was hired by ACORN, a not-for-profit organization, to work with Project Vote, also a not-for-profit organization that works with ACORN to register voters for federal and local elections. ACORN and Project Vote recruit and assign workers to visit low-income and minority neighborhoods in Jackson County, Mo., and elsewhere to obtain voter registrations. The workers are trained and instructed regarding how to obtain voter registrations and the preparation of voter registration applications.


            According to today’s indictment, Davis used another person’s Social Security number when she was employed as a voter registration recruiter for ACORN in August and September 2006. Davis allegedly caused three false voter registration applications – all in the name of the same person, but with different addresses – to be filed with the Kansas City Board of Election Commissioners.


            Count One of the federal indictment alleges that, between Aug. 7 and Oct. 4, 2006, Davis possessed, without lawful authority, the means of identification of another person, Latisha R. Reed, with the intent to commit Social Security fraud and vote fraud.


            Count Two of the federal indictment alleges that, on Aug. 7, 2006, Davis, with the intent to deceive, for the purpose of obtaining employment with ACORN and Project Vote, falsely represented the Social Security account number assigned to her when she knew that it was not her own number.


            Count Three of the federal indictment alleges that, on Sept. 18, 2006, Davis knowingly caused to be submitted to the Kansas City Board of Election Commissioners three separate voter registration applications, all in the name of the same voter, each of which falsely stated the address of the voter being registered.


            Count Four of the federal indictment alleges that on Sept. 18, 2006, Davis defrauded the residents of Missouri of their right to a fair and impartially conducted election process by submitting three false voter registration applications. Qualified voters in the Nov. 7, 2006, election had a right guaranteed by the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution to have election officials count their votes and certify elections based on the number of valid ballots case in the election by qualified voters, the indictment says. Davis allegedly deprived Missouri voters of that right by causing three separate voter registration applications, all in the name of the same voter, each of which falsely stated the address of the voter being registered, to be submitted to the Kansas City Board of Election Commissioners.


            Schlozman cautioned that the charges contained in these indictments are simply accusations, and not evidence of guilt. Evidence supporting the charges must be presented to a federal trial jury, whose duty is to determine guilt or innocence.


            This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Linda Parker Marshall. It was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.


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