EYEWITNESS LOCAL NEWSELECTION FRAUD INVESTIGATION
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Sheriff And County Clerk To Resign
Reported by: Elizabeth Norieka
Videographer: Aakash Vaghela
Web Producer: Elizabeth Noreika
Also Contributing: Matt Durrett
Reported: Jan. 30, 2012 9:30 PM EST
Updated: Jan. 30, 2012 10:50 PM EST
Hamlin , Lincoln County , West Virginia
The U.S. Attorney says the Lincoln County Sheriff has admitted to stuffing the ballot box in the 2010 primary election and that the Lincoln County Clerk lied about the scheme.
Sheriff Jerry Bowman did not answer when we went his home Monday in rural Lincoln County. He along with county clerk Donald Whitten have agreed to plead guilty to attempting to rig the 2010 democratic primary with fraudulent absentee ballots.
Voters are outraged, saying that a man in his position is held to a higher standard and should be concerned with upholding the law, not breaking it.
The announcement came Monday during a press conference following an extensive investigation by the FBI and Secretary of State's Office.
Bowman will plead guilty to a federal conspiracy charge.
He is accused of trying to stuff the ballot box in his favor while running for circuit clerk.
Whitten will plead guilty to lying to investigators about those absentee ballots.
This investigation is far from over, possible co-conspirators in this case are yet to be charged. Bowman is facing ten years in prison and a quarter million dollar fine.
Whitten could get five years behind bars and also pay penalties totaling 250-thousand dollars.
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