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    ... Subject: Veteran Latino-rights advocate charged with voter fraud OCRegister.com - Activist Nativo Lopez released, faces voter fraud charges
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      OCRegister.com - Activist Nativo Lopez released, faces voter fraud charges

      http://www.ocregister.com/articles/lopez-office-charges-2474333-district-county

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      Thursday, June
      25, 2009 (AP)

      SoCal immigrant activist charged with vote fraud



      (06-25) 13:39 PDT Los Angeles, CA (AP) --

      An outspoken immigrant rights
      activist has been charged with election
      fraud for allegedly
      registering to vote in Los Angeles County when he did
      not live there.

      Nativo Lopez has been charged with voter registration fraud, filing false
      documents, perjury and fraudulent voting, Jane Robison, a spokeswoman for
      the Los Angeles County district attorney's office, said Thursday.

      The California secretary of state's office said Lopez leased commercial
      space in Los Angeles' Boyle Heights neighborhood and registered to vote
      there in 2006 even though he lived with his family in Orange County.

      Lopez is national director of Hermandad Mexicana Latinoamericana. He
      declined to comment on the charges Thursday...

      Lopez will be arraigned July 8. He appeared in court Wednesday
      and was
      released on his own recognizance, Robison said.

      Lopez was formerly a schools trustee in Santa Ana but was recalled in 2003
      amid a heated
      debate over bilingual
      education.

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      Veteran Latino-rights advocate charged with voter fraud

      7:09 AM | June 25, 2009

      Felony charges have been filed and an arrest warrant issued for a well-known Orange County political activist suspected of committing election and voter registration fraud, the California secretary of State's office announced Wednesday.


      Investigators in the agency's election-fraud unit said Nativo V. Lopez, 57, of Santa Ana leased office space in Boyle Heights and registered to vote using that address although he lived with his family in Orange County. They also say Lopez, president of the Mexican American Political Assn., cast an illegal ballot in L.A. in the 2008 presidential primary.


      The Los Angeles County district attorney's office, which is working with the secretary of State, charged Lopez with four felonies: fraudulent voter registration, fraudulent document filing, perjury and fraudulent voting. A warrant was issued for his arrest and bail was set at $10,000. The offenses carry penalties of up to three years in prison.


      Lopez is a longtime Latino political-rights advocate in Orange County who served on the Santa Ana school board. Lopez has been a vocal advocate for Latino voting rights and supported immigrant amnesty and allowing undocumented workers to have driver's licenses. He could not immediately be reached for comment.


      In 1997, the Orange County district attorney opened a criminal investigation into allegations that a group in which Lopez was a leader registered some clients to vote before they took the oath of citizenship. No criminal charges were brought, and Lopez demanded an apology from critics.


      -- Dan Weikel and Shelby Grad


      Copyright 2009 Los Angeles Times


      http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/lanow/2009/06/veteran-latinorights-advocate-charged-with-voter-fraud.html



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