SoCal Man Arrested In Voter Registration Fraud

ONTARIO, Calif. (AP) - State authorities have arrested the owner of a signature-gathering firm on charges of committing voter registration fraud.

Secretary of State Debra Bown says the Election Fraud Investigation Unit arrested Mark Anthony Jacoby, who owns the firm Young Political Majors, late Saturday near an Ontario hotel. Jacoby is accused of registering himself to vote twice- in 2006 and in 2007- using the address of a childhood home in Los Angeles where he no longer lived.

According to state law, signature-gatherers must sign a declaration stating that they are either registered to vote in California or are eligible to do so. Jacoby allegedly used his childhood address to fulfill this requirement.

Jacoby was charged with four felonies: two counts of voter registration fraud and two counts of perjury.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

AP-NY-10-19-08 2105EDT

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