KC Area Couple Plead Guilty to Voter Fraud
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) - A Gladstone couple has pleaded guilty in Jackson County to voter fraud.
Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker says in a release that 60-year-old John Moretina and 61-year-old Clara Moretina pleaded guilty Friday to voter fraud. They each admitted they tried to cast an improper ballot in the Aug. 3, 2010, Missouri House primary in the 40th district.
The Kansas City Star reports that both Moretinas will pay a fine and forfeit their voting rights.
State Rep. J.J. Rizzo, a Democrat, is a nephew to the Moretinas. Rizzo won the Aug. 3, 2010, primary by one vote.
Kansas City police investigated the Moretinas' votes after John Moretina pleaded guilty earlier to voter fraud in federal court. Clara Moretina was not charged in the federal case.