FBI investigating voter fraud in County Surrogate’s Office

Lisa McCormick, who is running for Union County Surrogate, said there is an ongoing FBI investigation into voter fraud at the highest level in her opponent’s office and promised if she is elected, to uncover public corruption as well as to protect widows and orphans from exploitation.

FBI Special Agent Ludys Barringer is investigating why Union County Surrogate James LaCorte appointed a deputy who has been fraudulently voting.

“Union County Surrogate James LaCorte appointed a deputy who has been fraudulently voting in Elizabeth despite her ownership of a home and actual residency in Essex County,” said McCormick, whose campaign volunteers discovered the crime while reviewing registration records to identify potential supporters.

“Mr. LaCorte has failed to respond to a letter I sent him about the apparent crime but I understand that U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito directed the FBI to investigate these allegations,” said McCormick, whose missive to the Surrogate is at http://njdems.com/assets/LaCorteBallotFraudLetter.pdf.

The 72-year-old lawyer could himself be the subject of serious allegations of official misconduct, abuse of authority and obstruction if LaCorte knew the deputy he appointed was fraudulently voting or if he did anything to cover up the crime.

Deputy Surrogate Sharda Badri earns a $118,566 annual salary and she has been a government employee since September 12, 1987, according to state pension records.

Her son, who told police he lived in Bloomfield when was charged with drug possession during a motor vehicle stop in Roselle Park, is paid $34,913 a year and he has beeen employed by the county for about seven years.

Various records show badri and her son reside in Bloomfield, but they are registered to vote in Elizabeth. False voter registration is punishable by up to five years in prison.

Corruption fighter Lisa McCormick

McCormick, who is running under the banner Democrats United for Progress in Column C with three candidates for freeholder, who are Plainfield school board member Wilma Campbell, Linden economic development chief Alex Lospinoso, and former Roselle city councilwoman Sylvia Turnage.

McCormick said rigged ballots and the obscene influence of money or legalized bribery widely known as the ‘pay to play’ system are permitted by law, but it voter fraud is outlawed and punishable by five years in prison.

Although she was widely overlooked in her previous campaign, McCormick is gaining a reputation as a valiant corruption fighter whose actions resemble those of the women presented in the film Knock Down the House.

McCormick garnered 159,998 votes statewide in the 2018 Democratic primary against Senator Bob Menendez, who survived a federal bribery indictment due to a hung jury and a Trump administration decision to drop charges leveled when President Barack Obama was in the White House.

Now leading the Democrats United for Progress slate in the June 4 election, McCormick is bringing the kind of energy illustrated in Knock Down the House — a film about four women who challenged powerful incumbents in Congress without political mucle, campaign experience or corporate money — to a contest that she says underscores the importance of getting ordinary people participating in the process.

“All politics is local,” said McCormick. “Some of it is criminal, but the voices and votes of the 99 percent can overpower the cheating, stealing and lying that we witness from the Trump administration in Washington right down to court houses here in New Jersey.”

“Our fight to save the planet begins right in your home or community, and I am calling on every citizen to demand justice,” said McCormick. “We might be able to throw the bums out if we get busy, get informed and get voting but we cannot expect the FBI or some presidential candidate to save us,” McCormick said. “In a democracy, citizens are in the drivers seat and too many of us have been asleep behind the wheel.”

“The law and the facts are pretty clear, so I am certain that James LaCorte appointed a deputy surrogate who has been fraudulently voting,” said McCormick. “I am also aware that the matter is being reviewed by Union County Board of Elections Chairman John DeSimone, a former Newark police officer, Elections Administrator Nicole Dirado, and a Justice Department investigation is being conducted by U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito, the FBI and special agents from the Department of Housing and Urban Development.”

McCormick said any other resident with knowledge about voter fraud in Union County government should notify Special Agent Ludys Barringer, of the FBI’s Newark field office at (973) 792-3000, or Special Agent Damian Salvati, of the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development, Office of Inspector General, at (973) 776-7339.


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