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Lawmaker's chief of staff gets 90 days for fraud

October 22, 2013
Associated Press

MIAMI (AP) — A South Florida congressman's former chief of staff has been sentenced to 90 days in jail for a voting fraud scheme.

As part of a deal with Miami-Dade County prosecutors, Jeffrey Garcia pleaded guilty Monday to election law violations.

While working for Rep. Joe Garcia, no relation, Jeffrey Garcia reportedly directed the Miami Democrat's political campaign last year to request around 1,800 absentee ballots without voters' permission. Only voters, their immediate family members or their legal guardians can submit requests for absentee ballots under state election laws.

Garcia was fired from his position as chief of staff after his May arrest.

Rep. Garcia was not implicated in this scheme, but The Miami Herald ( ) reports that he and the incumbent he beat last year — Republican David Rivera — remain under federal investigation, accused of supporting each other's primary opponents.

Both have denied any alleged ties.


Information from: The Miami Herald,



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