In Los Angeles County, two men have been charged with voter fraud for allegedly submitting over 8,000 voter registration applications. 

According to a News Release from the Los Angeles District Attorney’s office, Carlos Antonio De Bourbon Montenegro (also known as Mark Anthony Gonsalves) and Marcos Raul Arevalo were each charged with 17 counts: 

“One count of conspiracy to commit voter fraud, eight counts of voter fraud, four counts of procuring and offering a false or forged instrument and four misdemeanor counts of interference with a prompt transfer of a completed affidavit.”

If found guilty, Arevalo faces up to seven years in prison while Montenegro faces serving 15 years plus eight months.

Montenegro has an additional 10 charges against him for seven counts of procuring and offering a false or forged instrument, two counts of perjury and five misdemeanor counts of interference with a prompt transfer of a completed affidavit.

The pair allegedly submitted the voter registration applications on behalf of homeless people throughout the county between July and October. They also allegedly falsified names and signatures on nomination papers “under penalty of perjury to run for mayor in the city of Hawthorne.”

Montenegro posted from a personal Facebook account on Oct. 3 announcing he was starting a non-profit organization called “HOMELESS VOTERS MATTER” which he said would provide addresses for homeless people giving them a place to get their mail. 

An article on Daily Breeze, published on Aug. 15, named Montenegro as a failed Mayoral candidate for the city of Hawthorne due to only having 18 of the 20 Hawthorne resident signatures necessary to be named on the ballot.

Montenegro then posted on the previously mentioned Facebook page claiming the reason he was removed from the race was due to him rejecting sexual advances from the Mayoral incumbent, Alex Vargas. 

He also spoke of the alleged encounter on his blog where he discussed his plans for the City of Hawthorne. He used the blog, on which he described himself as the “Prophet of the Sanctus Illuminatus Church in Los Angeles, California” to promote his books and inform listeners of the corruption in Hawthorne. 

Mayor Alex Vargas has won re-election with over 40% of the votes and has not made any comments regarding the allegations of Montenegro. 

The Los Angeles County Registrar has used Montenegro and Arevalo as an example, stating on Twitter, “This activity is rare, but when it does occur it is detected, reported, investigated & stopped.” 

“Interfering with elections is a crime and will be actively pursued. #ElectionProtection

The case remains under investigation by the District Attorney’s Bureau of Investigation. The Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk’s Office, FBI, Covina Police Department and the California Secretary of State’s Office assisted in the initial investigation.

Written ByKarissa Leuschen

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