Pair arrested for voter fraud

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PHOENIX - A Scottsdale couple has been indicted on voter fraud and could face over two years in prison.

On Friday, Peter Canova and Gina Thi Canova were charged with 15 counts of voter fraud including false registrations, illegal voting and filing false instruments.

Each count carries up to two-and-a-half years in prison.

“Aggressively pursing voter fraud sends the message that Arizona will not tolerate those seeking to illegally influence our elections,” said Secretary Bennett.  “Through a cross-state program, we are able to find instances of people voting in different states in the same election.  While the program was originally intended to purge voter rolls of inaccurate data, it has also given us another tool to combat voter fraud.”

Court records indicate the pair voted more than once in a single election by casting their ballots in the 2008 General Election in Maricopa County and in Douglas County, Nevada.

Arizona has joined more than a dozen other states to cross reference voter information to prevent fraud.

“When we find the rare instance of voter fraud, rest assured we are vigorously prosecuting the offenders to the fullest extent of the law,” continued Bennett.  “Ensuring that our elections are fair and accurate requires that we remain vigilant and take advantage of the tools available that help us root out schemes that undermine our electoral process.  The issues facing Arizona’s voters are far too important to be casual with our efforts to secure the ballot box.”