Man Admits To Voter Fraud

Man Admits To Voter Fraud Click to Enlarge Photo: Stearns County Jail

(KNSI) - A Sartell man has admitted to voter fraud.

53-year-old Jeffery John Spanier pleaded guilty to registration of an ineligible voter, a felony.

A charge of being an ineligible voter who knowingly votes was dismissed.

Spanier was sentenced to four years probation.

He faced a maximum sentence of five years in prison and a fine of $10,000.

Spanier lied about being a convicted felon when he registered to vote in Sartell on Election Day 2016.

According to the criminal complaint, Spanier admitted that he voted.

His voting rights were taken away in September 2014 when he pleaded guilty to a felony charge of running a sports betting operation in Benton County.

He was told by a judge and his probation agent that he wasn’t eligible to vote until his probation ended in November of 2019.

He also signed documents stating that he wasn't eligible to vote until he finishes probation.

He is the second person to be charged for voting illegally in Stearns County during the 2016 election.

In August, Jean Marie Studniski of Albany, was charged with voting while being a convicted felon on probation.

Her case is still making its way through the courts.

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