New Charges Filed in Sunland Park Voter Fraud Case
POSTED: Friday, July 13, 2012 - 5:17pm
UPDATED: Monday, July 16, 2012 - 10:57am
DOÑA ANA COUNTY — Additional criminal charges were filed in the voter fraud case of Sunland Park, New Mexico on Friday, accordingt to investigators with New Mexico State Police and the District Attorney’s Office.
Charges were filed against Jose Ramirez, Elizabeth Ramirez, Nelson Owens, and Matthew Valenzuela on Friday. Former city counselor Angelica Marquez, who is currently pending charges related to extortion, bribery and voter fraud, registered each of these individuals to vote.
According to the documents, Jose and Elizabeth Ramirez, both Texas residents used Angelica Marquez’s home address to be able to register to vote in New Mexico. Both are family members of Angelica Marquez.
In the case of Mathew Valenzuela and Kenneth Owens, both used Angelica Marquez’s neighbor’s address as their own in order to vote. Valenzuela is a Texas resident and Owens lives in Santa Teresa, New Mexico. Both are said to be friends of the Marquez family and they did in fact vote in the Sunland Park Municipal Election.
“A single case of voter fraud undermines the integrity of the entire electoral process. The District Attorney’s Office is committed to investigating and prosecuting these types of crimes that compromise the democratic process and frustrate the will of the voters,” said DA Orlando.