A Democratic consultant was arrested for “widespread” ballot fraud in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Attorney General and Gov.-elect Josh Shapiro (D-PA) announced Wednesday.
Just a week after the midterm elections, Rasheen Crews, a Philadelphia-based Democratic consultant, was arrested for election fraud, including forging signatures on nomination petitions to get his clients on the ballot for the 2019 Democratic primary races in Philadelphia.
Crews was charged with Criminal Solicitation to Commit Forgery and Theft By Failure to Make Required Disposition.
“In advance of the 2023 municipal elections, this arrest is an important reminder that interfering with the integrity of our elections is a serious crime,” Shapiro said in a statement.
“By soliciting and organizing the wide-scale forgery of signatures, the defendant undermined the democratic process and Philadelphians’ right to a free and fair election,” he added. “My office is dedicated to upholding the integrity of the election process across the Commonwealth, to ensure everyone can participate in Pennsylvania’s future.”
The timing of the announcement was questioned by national radio host Todd Starnes:
How convenient that the Pennsylvania AG waited until after the election to announce the arrest of a prominent Democrat on election fraud charges.— toddstarnes (@toddstarnes) November 17, 2022
Journalist Kyle Becker also pointed out the way Shapiro broke the news.
“It is telling that the Attorney General waited until after the 2023 midterm elections to announce the arrest for the 2019 crimes. If the announcement had come earlier, it would have drawn much more scrutiny to a Pennsylvania election process that was far from regular,” Becker wrote.
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According to Shapiro, of the petitions that had been reviewed, over 1000 signatures had been duplicated by Crews throughout the pages.