In November 2016, Donald Trump claimed on Twitter—and has repeated the claim several times since then—that illegal immigrants from the Third World were fraudulently taking part in US elections—and now, as more and more cases are prosecuted in the courts, his opponents will have to start admitting that he was right.
In one of the latest cases, as detailed in an August 9, 2018 press release on the Department of Justice’s official website, a Mexican by the name of Roberto Hernandez-Cuarenta (57) was sentenced to four month’s imprisonment on two counts of Voting by Alien.
Hernandez-Cuarenta, who lives in Zebulon, North Carolina, “knowing he was not a United States Citizen, did knowingly vote in two elections held in part for the purpose of electing a candidate for the Office of President, Vice President, and Member of the House of Representative,” on November 6, 2012 and November 8, 2016, the DOJ statement said.
The DOJ press release service lists a string of similar cases it has overseen over the past few months.
In June 2018, for example, a Salvadoran national named Mario Obdulio Orellana (57) was indicted on Immigration and Voter Fraud Violations in East Texas.
Orellana was named in a five-count indictment returned by a federal grand jury on June 6, 2018 charging him with two counts of false representation of U.S. citizenship, false statement in application for a passport, unauthorized use of a Social Security number, and voter fraud.
According to the information presented in court, Orellana is alleged to have illegally entered the United States from El Salvador in the early 1980s. In 1987, while illegally residing in Shelby County, Texas, Orellana is alleged to have used falsified documents to obtain a birth certificate showing he was born in the United States; a passport as a U.S. citizen; and a social security number and register to vote as a U.S. citizen.
Furthermore, Orellana fraudulently voted in the November 2016 election.
In October 2017, Nigerian national Kunlay Sodipo was sentenced to 78 months in prison on a number of charges including a $12 million tax refund fraud, illegal reentry and felon in possession of firearm, mail fraud, aggravated identity theft, and voter fraud.
According to the indictment, Sodipo “and others” stole public school employees’ IDs from a payroll company and used them to electronically file more than 2000 fraudulent federal income tax returns seeking more than $12 million in refunds.
He also allegedly stole several Electronic Filing Identification Numbers (EFINs) that he used to secure bank products allowing him to print refund checks and direct the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to send refunds to prepaid debit cards. The indictment alleges that Sodipo had refund checks issued in the names of the stolen IDs, and blank check stock and debit cards sent to his residence.
The indictment further revealed that Sodipo had previously entered the United States from Nigeria, but was deported in 1995. He then returned to the US in 1999 using the last name Williams. In 2012, “Williams” registered to vote in federal, state and local elections by falsely claiming that he was a US citizen and voted in the 2012 and 2016 presidential elections. On the day of his arrest in February, Williams was illegally in possession of a firearm. He faces deportation.
In November 2017, a “Caribbean” African—whose true identity remains unknown because he refused to provide it—was convicted under the name “John Doe” for passport fraud, social security fraud, aggravated identity theft, and two counts of voter fraud.
The DOJ said that the invader lived under a stolen identity for 20 years, using it to obtain a passport, Social Security card, and to vote in the 2016 Presidential Election.
According to evidence at presented at the three-day trial, beginning at an unknown time, the defendant has lived under the assumed identity of a United States Citizen born in the United States Virgin Islands.
Beginning in the summer of 1997, the defendant used the victim’s personally identifiable information to obtain a series of driver’s licenses and identification cards, including a Maryland state identification card and multiple Maryland driver’s licenses.
Building upon these documents, the defendant also obtained a United States passport, a Social Security card, and registered to vote. Most recently, in the 2016 Presidential Election, the defendant voted using the name of the stolen identity.
The DOJ statement added this to try and identify the invader: “According to the Diplomatic Security Service, John Doe is approximately 41-44 years old, 5’8, with light brown eyes and has previously gone by the pseudonyms ‘Chris’ or ‘Richie.’ John Doe may be from Antigua, Barbuda, the Dominican Republic, Haiti, or Jamaica. According to evidence introduced at trial, he has a Jamaican accent. According to the State Department, John Doe would have been between 20-25 years old when he left disappeared from his community around June of 1997.”