The Sacramento Bee: LA voter fraud: Cigarettes paid to homeless for signatures, DA says

I know this is an old article from 2 years ago, but many on the left STILL claims this is a hoax.

Nine people face felony charges in Los Angeles after a large-scale election fraud scheme used cash and cigarettes to bribe the homeless, according to the district attorney’s office.

Hundreds of homeless people who live on Skid Row — a notoriously poor section of the city — were offered $1 bills or cigarettes to forge other people’s signatures on voter registration forms and on petitions to get measures on the California state ballot, prosecutors said.

“They come in and they target the homeless population because they can get so many [signatures],” Los Angeles Police Department Capt. Marc Reina said in a phone interview in September. “When you see those tables and lines of people down the sidewalks it gets conspicuous, and we’re able to take action.”

Source: LA voter fraud: Cigarettes paid to homeless for signatures, DA says | The Sacramento Bee

NBC Southern California: Indictments Charge Widespread Voting Fraud Scheme on Skid Row in Los Angeles

But I thought voting fraud was just some right wing urban legend?

An indictment unsealed in Los Angeles charged nine people accused of participating in voting fraud schemes — in which homeless people were allegedly offered cash or cigarettes in exchange for forged signatures on initiative petitions and voter registration forms.

Seven of the accused pleaded not guilty early Friday. The two others have not yet appeared in court on the new case.

Prosecutors have accused the group of 14 felonies for a variety of alleged acts during the 2016 and 2018 election cycles, including charges of circulating an initiative with forged or fictitious names, signing fictitious names, registering fictitious persons, and making payment for signatures, according to the indictment. None of the defendants faces all of the charges.

Source: Indictments Charge Widespread Voting Fraud Scheme on Skid Row in Los Angeles – NBC Southern California