(CNSNews.com) - A Virginia student was sentenced to a maximum of four months on prison on Monday after pleading guilty to submitting 18 false Virginia voter registration forms.
Although Virginia does not register voters as Democrats or Republicans, the student was working on behalf of a political organization affiliated with the Democrat Party, the Justice Department said in a news release.
James Madison University student Andrew J. Spieles, 21, was hired to register Virginia voters for Harrisonburg Votes when he submitted the falsified forms.
In July 2016, Spieles’ job was to register as many voters as possible and report to Democratic Campaign headquarters in Harrisonburg, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said in a release.
“In August 2016, Spieles was directed to combine his registration numbers with those of another individual because their respective territories overlapped. After filling out a registration form for a voter, Spieles entered the information into a computer system used by the Virginia Democratic Party to track information such as name, age, address and political affiliation.
"Every Thursday an employee/volunteer hand-delivered the paper copies of the registration forms to the Registrar’s Office in Harrisonburg,” the news release said.
An employee at the Register’s Office called police after noticing that the deceased father of a local county judge was registered to vote.
“The Registrar’s Office discovered multiple instances of similarly falsified forms when it reviewed additional registrations. Some were in the names of deceased individuals while others bore incorrect middle names, birth dates, and social security numbers,” the statement continues. “The Registrar’s Office learned that the individuals named in these forms had not in fact submitted the new voter registrations.”
Spieles, who says he acted alone, admitted to preparing the false voter registration forms by obtaining the name, age and address of individuals from “walk sheets” created by the Virginia Democratic Party. He also admitted to fabricating Social Security numbers and birth dates for the forms.
As part of his plea deal, Spieles agreed to serve a prison sentence of 100 to 120 days.