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4 Men Sentenced For Bribing Homeless People With Cigarettes, Cash To Forge Signatures On Voter Docs



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Four men bribed homeless people on Los Angeles’ Skid Row with cigarettes and money in exchange for forge signatures on ballot petitions and voter registration documents, and, now, they’ve been sentenced to years in prison and/or probation, KTLA5 reports.

Richard Howard, 64, and Louis Thomas Wise, 37, pleaded no contest to two felony charges Friday, according to the report. Additionally, Christopher Joseph Williams, 41, and Nickey Demelvin Huntley, 45, both pleaded no contest Friday to one felony charge.

Howard faces three years in prison and three years of probation, according to KTLA5. Also reported, Howard faces 16 months in prison and three years of probation. Williams and Huntley were sentenced to three years probation.

The group is alleged to have given $1 and cigarettes to the homeless and amassed hundreds of fake signatures to sway election outcomes in both 2016 and 2018 in doing so, according to the report.

“They paid individuals to sign the names,” LAPD Officer Deon Joseph told the Los Angeles Times in 2018. “That’s an assault on our democracy.”

With the November election approaching in less than 100 days, President Trump has been outspoken about the threats posed by voter fraud to a free and fair election process. His concerns are mainly centered around the mail-in process that some state and local leaders have made the primary voting mechanism for their residents to mitigate the spread of the novel coronavirus.

“Mail-In Voting is already proving to be a catastrophic disaster,” Trump wrote on Twitter early Thursday. “Even testing areas are way off. The Dems talk of foreign influence in voting, but they know that Mail-In Voting is an easy way for foreign countries to enter the race. Even beyond that, there’s no accurate count!”

Minutes later, Trump tweeted again about his concerns and suggested the election be delayed until a fair process could be ensured. “With Universal Mail-In Voting (not Absentee Voting, which is good), 2020 will be the most INACCURATE & FRAUDULENT Election in history. It will be a great embarrassment to the USA. Delay the Election until people can properly, securely and safely vote???”

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The Tate Brothers and Associates Face Human Trafficking Charges in Romania



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In a recent development, the Tate brothers, Andrew and Tristan, along with two associates, find themselves at the center of a high-profile case involving human trafficking allegations.

The charges leveled against them indicate the formation of an organized criminal group in 2021 with the intent to carry out human trafficking operations not only in Romania but also in the United States and the United Kingdom, according to the BBC.

The investigation, which led to their arrest in December last year, has culminated in an indictment filed with the Bucharest court. According to the indictment, the Tate brothers are accused of luring their victims with false promises of love and marriage. Seven individuals have been identified as alleged victims, who were later coerced and subjected to a harrowing ordeal.

Prosecutors contend that the victims were taken to locations in Ilfov county, Romania, where they faced constant surveillance, intimidation, and control. The defendants allegedly forced the victims into debt and coerced them into participating in pornographic activities, with the explicit material subsequently shared on social media platforms. Shockingly, one of the defendants is accused of raping a woman on two occasions in March 2022, further amplifying the gravity of the charges.

While the trial is not expected to commence immediately, as a Romanian judge is granted 60 days to inspect the case files, it is anticipated to be a protracted legal battle. The complexity of the case and the severity of the charges will undoubtedly result in a lengthy trial process, with several years potentially passing before a verdict is reached.

Representatives for the Tate brothers released a statement acknowledging the unsurprising nature of the news but maintaining their belief in their innocence.

As reported by the BBC, the Tate brothers media team stared, “While this news is undoubtedly predictable, we embrace the opportunity it presents to demonstrate their innocence and vindicate their reputation.”

They expressed their eagerness to present a comprehensive body of evidence meticulously collected over time, which they believe will substantiate their claims of innocence and restore their tarnished reputation.

However, it should be noted that additional charges, such as money laundering and trafficking of minors, are still under investigation. If evidence is uncovered to support these allegations, a separate indictment could be filed, further complicating the legal proceedings for the defendants.

Andrew Tate, who gained notoriety through his participation in the reality television show Big Brother, has a controversial past, having been removed from the show in 2016 following a video that appeared to depict him assaulting a woman.

Despite subsequent bans on social media platforms due to his contentious statements, he has managed to amass a following, particularly among young men, by promoting an ostentatious and hyper-masculine lifestyle.

As the case unfolds, public attention will undoubtedly be drawn to the trial, with many eagerly awaiting the outcome and hoping for justice to be served for the alleged victims. The complex web of charges and the high-profile nature of the defendants ensure that this trial will be closely monitored and scrutinized by the media and the public alike.

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