Governor-elect Josh Shapiro is not quite done wrapping up work as the Pennsylvania Attorney General.
In a case that really got my attention, Shapiro charged a former campaign consultant with “wide scale” voter fraud.
Philadelphia political consultant Rasheen Crews was arrested Wednesday.
He allegedly forged signatures to get his clients on ballots during the 2019 primary races.
Making a Statement
In announcing the charges, Shapiro stated, “In advance of the 2023 municipal elections, this arrest is an important reminder that interfering with the integrity of our elections is a serious crime.
“By soliciting and organizing the wide scale forgery of signatures, the defendant undermined the democratic process and Philadelphians’ right to a free and fair election.
“My office is dedicated to upholding the integrity of the election process across the Commonwealth, to ensure everyone can participate in Pennsylvania’s future.”
My Office has arrested Rasheen Crews, a political consultant, on charges related to forging signatures on nomination petitions in municipal elections.
An important reminder that interfering with the integrity of our elections is a serious crime.https://t.co/ApxmufLWdk
— AG Josh Shapiro (@PAAttorneyGen) November 16, 2022
This does not appear to be anything nefarious from the candidates’ perspective, just a lazy consultant.
The report stated that after securing contracts, Crews invited helpers to meet him at a hotel room where they would forge the necessary signatures.
One client, Jason Rubin, had turned the signatures he gathered over to Crews when he hired him, then noticed those same names had been duplicated on other pages.
Crews was charged with Criminal Solicitation to Commit Forgery and Theft by Failure to Make Required Disposition.
Source: Daily Caller