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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Eastern District of North Carolina

Friday, February 8, 2019

Haitian Citizen Sentenced for Voting by an Alien in the 2016 General Election

NEW BERN – Robert J. Higdon, Jr., United States Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina, announces that DIEUDONNE SOIFILS, age 72, a citizen of Haiti and resident of Beaufort County, North Carolina, was sentenced by United States District Court Judge Louise Wood Flanagan to twelve (12) months’ probation and a $25 special assessment.  SOIFILS’ sentencing follows his guilty plea to voting by an alien.

According to court records, SOIFILS was registered to vote in 2012 after executing a voter registration form claiming to be a United States citizen under penalty of perjury.

SOIFILS was assigned a polling station in Beaufort County, North Carolina. SOIFILS voted in the 2012 and 2016 General Elections held in part for the purpose of electing a candidate for the office of President, Vice-President, and Member of the House of Representatives.

The case was investigated by the Document and Benefit Fraud Task Force (DBFTF) in the Eastern District of North Carolina lead by Immigration and Customs Enforcement - Homeland Security Investigations, and assisted by Enforcement Removal Operations, and United States Citizenship and Immigration Services, among other agencies. The investigation as to voting fraud is ongoing.

Updated February 8, 2019