Seven people who are not U.S. citizens have been indicted for registering and voting in Franklin County.
Franklin County Prosecutor Ron O’Brien announced Thursday that the Franklin County Grand Jury returned seven indictments for illegal voting charges in connection with elections in 2012, 2015 and 2016.
Charges were brought against the following individuals:
- Ana Matias, age 56, Columbus
- Irnatine W. Boayue, age 41, Canal Winchester
- Janitha Rippey, age 33, Columbus
- Kenyron O. Glasgow, age 38, Columbus
- Yaakov Menashe Schulman, age 41, Columbus
- Leslie Caroline Allen, age 56, Columbus
- Gilbert A. Brown, age 59, Columbus
“These newly indicted cases are a compilation of individuals, all of whom falsely registered to vote with the Franklin County Board of Elections by declaring they were United States citizens on their voter registration applications,” O’Brien said.
The counts in the indictments include illegal voting, false voter registration, or a combination of both charges.
“We will continue to work closely with the Secretary of State, Attorney General, and the Franklin County Board of Elections to hold individuals accountable if they engage in illegal voting,” O’Brien said.
Secretary of State Jon Husted released the following statement:
“Today’s indictments are added proof that if you cheat in Ohio elections you will be caught and held accountable. Earlier this year, our office identified these individuals as non-citizens who illegally registered to vote and cast ballots in previous elections. Their names were then sent to law enforcement for further investigation. Coordinated efforts like these – that included both state and local entities – have made it easy to vote and hard to cheat in Ohio. I would like to commend Prosecutor Ron O’Brien for his work in this effort.”
Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine released the statement below:
"I want to commend our Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation and Prosecutor Ron O'Brien for their work leading to these indictments. Voter fraud is a serious crime. BCI diligently investigates voter fraud referrals and works with local prosecutors, who make decisions on charges. Some referrals do not warrant criminal prosecution, such as when we are referred cases involving U.S. citizens accused of non-citizen voting. When evidence warrants, we see prosecutions such as those Prosecutor O'Brien announced today. I am proud that my office is able to play an integral role in preserving voting integrity in Ohio."