PRESS RELEASE, 3/11/2013

Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph T. Deters announces charges in 3 voter fraud cases

Today, Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph T. Deters announced charges against Russell Glassop (DOB 4-29-37), Melowese Richardson (DOB 12-19-54) and Sister Marguerite Kloos (DOB 3-17-58) for voter fraud.  The Hamilton County Grand Jury returned a 1 count indictment of Illegal Voting (Felony 4) against Glassop.  If convicted, Glassop faces the possibility of a maximum 18 months in prison.  The Hamilton County Grand Jury returned an 8 count indictment of Illegal Voting (Felony 4) against Richardson.  If convicted of all charges, she faces a possible maximum of 12 years in prison.  An Information was filed against Kloos charging her with 1 count of Illegal Voting (Felony 4).  If convicted, Kloos faces the possibility of 18 months in prison.

Glassop is charged with voting on behalf of his deceased wife in the 2012 United States Presidential Election.  His wife had requested an absentee ballot prior to her death but she died before the Hamilton County Board of Elections mailed out the absentee ballots.  Glassop is charged with returning the ballot bearing her signature to the Hamilton County Board of Elections in violation of Ohio Revised Code 3599.12 (A) (3).

Richardson is charged with 8 counts of Illegal Voting for voting twice on her behalf and voting on behalf of others in various elections.  Count one of the indictment charges her with voting twice in the 2012 United States Presidential Election in violation of Ohio Revised Code 3599.12 (A) (2).  Counts 2-8 charge her with voting on behalf of other people in various elections in violation of Ohio Revised Code 3599.12 (A) (3).  The people she is charged with voting on behalf of are her relatives.  Richardson is a long-time Hamilton County poll worker who has worked for the Board of Elections since at least 1998.

Kloos faces 1 count of Illegal Voting in the Information filed against her today.  She is accused of voting on behalf of another nun in the 2102 United States Presidential Election. The nun she voted on behalf of died before the absentee ballots had been mailed out by the Hamilton County Board of Elections.  She is accused of signing the name of the deceased nun and returning the ballot to the Hamilton County Board of Elections in violation of 3599.12 (A) (3).  Kloos faced an Information rather than an indictment by the Hamilton County Grand Jury because her lawyer contacted the Hamilton County Prosecutor’s Office and agreed that she would cooperate and plead guilty to the charge that she faced.

Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph T. Deters commented, “Elections are a serious business and the foundation of our democracy.  In the scheme of things, individual votes may not seem important but this could not be further from the truth.  Every vote is important and every voter and candidate needs to have faith in our system.  The charges today should let people know that we take this seriously.

This is not North Korea.”

Three additional cases of possible voter fraud referred to the Hamilton County Prosecutor’s Office by the Hamilton County Board of Elections are still under investigation