Va. voter registration worker convicted of submitting fake names

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — An Alexandria man has been convicted of submitting bogus voter-registration forms while working for a progressive advocacy group.

Thirty-year-old Vafalay Massaquoi pleaded guilty in Alexandria Circuit Court Thursday to a count of election fraud and two counts of forging public records.

He was sentenced to time served plus 500 hours of community service. Commonwealth’s Attorney Bryan Porter said Massaquoi spent about 90 days in jail.

Porter said the chances that the bogus applications could have enabled actual voter fraud were minimal because the submitted names were fabricated.

The city’s voter registrar discovered the bogus applications — somewhere between 10 and 100 — last year when they were submitted. She rejected the applications and alerted authorities.

Massaquoi had been working for a group called New Virginia Majority, which fired him.

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