PRESS RELEASE, 10/21/2009

Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph T. Deters announces the indictment in voter fraud investigation


Today, Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph T. Deters announced the indictment of Montgomery resident Walter Sullivan (dob 1/4/82) in the investigation into fraudulent absentee ballot applications.

Sullivan is charged with 5 counts of False Signatures in violation of Ohio Revised Code Section 3599.28 (Felony 5) for forging applications for absentee ballots. If convicted of all charges, he faces a maximum sentence of 5 years in prison.

Sullivan was employed as a field worker for Field Works. Field Works is a consulting group based in Washington, D.C. that provides ground level organization for Ohio Jobs and Growth. Ohio Jobs and Growth is the organization backing Issue 3 in Hamilton County.

Today's indictment charges Sullivan with forging 5 absentee ballot applications between 9-29-09 and 10-01-09 and sending them to the Hamilton County Board of Elections in an attempt to secure absentee ballots.

The investigation into this matter started when staff at the Board of Elections noticed irregularities when processing applications and contacted some of the voters who signatures purported to be on the applications. The voters confirmed that they had not requested a ballot or directed anyone else to do so on their behalf. After discovering these irregularities, the Board of Elections turned this matter over to the Hamilton County Prosecutor's Office for investigation.

Prosecutor Deters commented, "Our investigation at no time found any evidence that Ohio Jobs and Growth was involved or aware of criminal activity. They at all times acted cooperatively with the investigation. Any representation that they were the target of a grand jury investigation is entirely false."