A former Democrat U.S. Congressman was officially sentenced to a stint of over two years in jail this past week for his committing of election fraud with the intent to swing things more in favor of various Democrat candidates.
At age 79, former Rep. Michael “Ozzie” Myers, who previously sat as the representative for a district out of Pennsylvania, officially pled guilty to conspiracy to deprive voters of civil rights, bribery, obstruction of justice, falsification of voting records, conspiring to illegally vote in a federal election, and orchestrating schemes to fraudulently stuff the ballot boxes for specific Democratic candidates in 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, and 2018 Pennsylvania elections, as reported by officials within the Depart of Justice via a release.
While reigning over the case, United States District Court Judge Paul S. Diamond slammed Myers with a 30-month prison sentence with an additional three years of supervised release because of his crimes and, additionally, ordered the former Congressman to pay a sum of $100,000 in fines, of which $10,000 would be needed upfront.
It was reported via Fox News that Myers served a stint of four years within the U.S. House, from 1976 to 1980, but was kicked out and toss in prison for a period of three years in the wake of being officially convicted of bribery.
The DOJ highlighted that Myers openly admitted in the court that he had talked a Judge of Elections into illegally putting additional votes in for specific candidates of their mutual political party for several primary elections in what seems to be a scheme that has gone on for the last few years. Myers also openly admitted to conspiring to commit election fraud with another former Judge of Elections, as explained by the DOJ.
Myers would receive payments from candidates that were his clients and then utilize a part of their payment to go and bribe the officials overseeing the election.
“Voting is the cornerstone of our democracy. If even one vote has been illegally cast or if the integrity of just one election official is compromised, it diminishes faith in process,” stated U.S. Attorney Jacqueline C. Romero. “This defendant used his position, knowledge of the process, and connections to fix elections for his preferred candidates, which demonstrates a truly flagrant disregard for the laws which govern our elections. He will now spend 30 months in prison as penalty for his crimes.”
“Protecting the legitimacy of elections is critical to ensuring the public’s trust in the process,” stated the Special Agent in Charge of the FBI’s Philadelphia Division, Jacqueline Maguire. “Through his actions, Ozzie Myers pointedly disdained both the will of Philadelphia voters and the rule of law. He’s now a federal felon twice over, heading back behind bars, with time to consider the great consequence of free and fair elections.”