ICE: 19 foreign nationals charged with voter fraud in North Carolina

Friday morning acting DHS Secretary Chad Wolf tweeted “Working with @ICEgov, @TheJusticeDept has indicted 19 foreign nationals on voter fraud charges for illegally voting in 2016.”

He added “American voters must decide American elections. Period. This administration is working to combat voter fraud to make sure they do.”

According to a new release on the official ICE website “nineteen foreign nationals face federal charges in U.S. District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina for illegally voting in the 2016 federal elections, according to federal charges publicly announced on Wednesday.”

The release continues “These charges are the latest indictments to result from an ongoing years-long federal criminal investigation being conducted by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Raleigh office.”

“A federal grand jury in Wilmington charged seven foreign nationals on August 31 on federal felony charges including falsely claiming U.S. citizenship or making false statements on voter registration application, and with misdemeanor charges of unlawfully casting ballots in the 2016 presidential election. Non-citizens are not eligible to register to vote or to vote in federal elections under U.S. law.” the release adds.

These individuals who face the prospect of a maximum one year prison sentence, fine of up to $100k or both are:

  • Ismay Prudence Kathleen James, age 54, Bermuda
  • Donald Christian Martyn, age 44, Sierra Leone
  • Chaim Pinto, age 68, Israel
  • John Andrew Rapsky, age 54, Canada
  • Baijoo Pottakulath Thomas, age 58, India
  • Shuqin Yin, age 54, China
  • Chirong Yin Billings, aka Chirong Cummings, age 56, China
  • Henry Alberto Araya-Vega, age 52, Costa Rica
  • Rufina Concho-Locklear, age 82, Mexico
  • Alberto Damaize-Job, aka Alberto Damaize, age 73, Nicaragua
  • Armando Nava-Juarez, aka Armando Nava, age 51, Mexico
  • Manuel Efrain Valladares, age 48, El Salvador