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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.

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“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!”

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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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Daily Wire investigation: Italian company may have illegally sold rights to the Vatican’s priceless art

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The Daily Wire has been conducting a fascinating investigation into the Vatican Museum’s priceless artwork. “Rights to the Vatican Museums’ priceless trove of art treasures may have been illegally sold without the Holy See’s approval in what one attorney described as a “high-tech heist,” the investigation finds.

An Italian company is allegedly selling the rights to reproduce the Vatican artwork in six-figure deals, while claiming to be working in “collaboration with” the Vatican Museums.

“This scheme is nothing less than a pre-meditated, high-tech heist of world-class treasured art from the Vatican Museums under the disguise of bogus licenses, as if sanctioned by the Vatican,” Sarah Rose Speno, a New York attorney, told The Daily Wire.

The Daily Wire’s report notes that Speno said she stumbled upon the alleged scheme in March when she sought permission to use images of Vatican art for an exhibition by a client.

“We discovered that a large table book had been published with high-resolution images of the interiors of the Vatican, including the Sistine Chapel,” Speno said. “We very much wanted to pursue an opportunity to license these images, as soon as possible.”

Speno contacted Scripta Maneant — the Italian publisher that licensed the photos in the book. Scripta Maneant claimed authority to broker the publishing rights via its “collaboration” with Vatican Museums vice director, Monsignore Paolo Nicolini. Scripta Maneant wanted $550,000 for the rights — with a portion being paid to the Vatican through Nicolini, according to Speno. Although Scripta Maneant claimed the fee would be shared with the Vatican, Speno said she later became suspicious.

“The Scripta Maneant scheme became obvious when the Scripta principals demanded a cash wire in the amount of $82,500 no later than their return from summer holiday in late August,” Speno said. “They said that they would produce Vatican approval for our Italian Renaissance Immersive project ‘if and only if’ the fee were wired to the Scripta bank account they provided. It was at this point that grave suspicion entered my mind.”

Ultimately, Speno said, “we terminated the deal when Scripta could not provide us with documented consent by the Vatican.”

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