According to The Hill, a Pennsylvania man has been charged with voter fraud after casting a ballot for President Trump in the name of his deceased mother in last month’s election.
Bruce Bartman faces two felony counts of perjury and one count of unlawful voting after casting an absentee ballot for Trump in the name of Elizabeth Bartman, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer.
“In his political frustration, he chose to do something stupid,” Samuel Stretton, Bartman’s lawyer, told the newspaper. “And for that he is very sorry.”
District Attorney Jack Stollsteimer told reporters at a news conference Bartman admitted he was able to register his dead mother to vote online and request an absentee ballot in her name, which he filled out and submitted.
Bartman also obtained an absentee ballot for his deceased mother-in-law, according to the report, but did not cast the ballot.
Local investigators were tipped off by rumors circulating on social media.
A complaint was eventually filed to the Delaware County Board of Elections, the Inquirer reported, and a task force was able to find evidence of a possible crime.
“In the hundreds of calls we received and the hundreds of visits we made, we only found one instance of malfeasance, and that was Mr. Bartman,” said First Assistant District Attorney Tanner Rouse, the head of that task force. “And he will be prosecuted.”
Pennsylvania officials have said there is no evidence of widespread voter fraud in the state, despite claims by Trump and his allies to the contrary.