The Democratic mayor of North Miami Beach faces up to 15 years in prison for something liberals argue is not happening: voter fraud.
As The Blaze reported on Sunday, Mayor Anthony DeFillipo was arrested last week and charged with three felony counts of voter fraud. Each count carries a maximum prison sentence of five years.
According to The Blaze, a tipster filed a complaint with the Ethics & Public Trust Commission in Miami-Dade County accusing DeFillipo of living in Davie, which is in Broward County and not the city he supposedly leads.
DeFillipo admitted to owning property in Davie. But he maintained it was for his family to live in because he was having marital issues, and that he really resided in North Miami Beach.
Miami-Dade State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle said DeFillipo drove from Davie, where he owns a six-bedroom home, to North Miami Beach to vote in three different elections last year. That occurred in August, October, and November.
The prosecutor tracked the mayor through his cellphone data.
“We believe the evidence shows (DeFillipo) voted illegally three times,” Rundle declared. “Our voting laws apply to everyone. There are no unwritten exceptions.”
DeFillipo denies any wrongdoing, and his lawyer, Michael Pizzi, argued that the mayor’s arrest is politically motivated.
“The mayor has explained over and over again, and under oath, he always intended to and always lived in North Miami Beach,” Pizzi said.
“We look forward to a speedy exoneration.”
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