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Four people charged in connection to voter fraud investigation

ST. JOSEPH COUNTY, Ind. -- ABC57 News just got word from the St. Joseph County Prosecutor's Office about charges stemming from a voter petition fraud investigation.

Prosecutors said there was a formal investigation about signatures on the ballots for Indiana's 2008 Presidental primary election.

Prosecutors said that those charged forged ballots for both Hillary Clinton and Barak Obama. You can review the criminal information documents attached for details.

Indiana State Police conducted the investigation and on Monday, the following people were charged in connection with the incidents that occurred:

 

63-year-old Butch Morgan was charged with:

Count I Conspiracy to Commit Petition Fraud a Class D felony

Count II

Conspiracy to Commit Petition Fraud a Class D felony
Count III Conspiracy to Commit Forgery a Class C felony
Count IV Conspiracy to Commit Forgery a Class C felony

His bond has been set at $100,000 corporate surety or $10,000 cash.

According to police, Morgan is not currently in custody and has not previously been arrested. No mugshot is available at this time.

If convicted, he faces a maximum of 22 years in jail and $40,000 in fines.

 

62-year-old Pam Brunette was charged with:

Count I Forgery a Class C felony

Count II

Forgery a Class C felony
Count III Falsely Making a Petition of Nomination a Class D felony
Count IV Falsely Making a Petition of Nomination a Class D felony
Count V
Official Misconduct a Class D felony
Count VI Official Misconduct a Class D felony

Her bond has been set at $80,000 corporate surety or $8,000 cash.

If convicted, she faces a maximum of 38 years in jail and $60,000 in fines.

 

38-year-old Dustin Blythe has been charged with:

Count I Forgery a Class C felony

Count II

Forgery a Class C felony
Count III Forgery a Class C felony
Count IV Forgery a Class C felony
Count V Forgery a Class C felony
Count VI Forgery a Class C felony
Count VII Forgery a Class C felony
Count VIII Forgery a Class C felony
Count IX Forgery a Class C felony
Count X
Falsely Making a Petition of Nomination a Class D felony

 His bond has been set at $60,000 corportate surety or $6,000 cash.

If convicted, he faces a maximum of 75 years in jail and $100,000 in fines.

 

63-year-old Beverly D. Shelton has been charged with:

Count I Forgery a Class C felony

Count II

Forgery a Class C felony
Count III Forgery a Class C felony
Count IV Forgery a Class C felony
Count V Forgery a Class C felony
Count VI Forgery a Class C felony
Count VII Forgery a Class C felony
Count VIII Forgery a Class C felony
Count IX Forgery a Class C felony
Count X
Falsely Making a Petition of Nomination a Class D felony

 Her bond has been set at $60,000 corportate surety or $6,000 cash.

If convicted, she faces a maximum of 75 years in jail and $100,000 in fines.


Police are still investigating the matter. Anyone with information is asked to call Detective Michael Robinson at (574) 206-2931.

ABC57's Jason Aubry will have more information about these charges and the investigation coming up in later editions of ABC57 News.

 

 

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