The Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN) is under investigation by the FBI and faces a RICO suit in the state of Ohio over fraudulent voter registrations.
Fort Worth, TX (WiredPRNews.com)—With multiple investigations underway in many states over allegations of fraudulent voter registrations, ACORN now faces in investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and an Ohio suit for Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organization (RICO) violations.
The Ohio state RICO suit, filed by the Buckeye Institute on behalf of two Warren County Ohio registered voters, alleges that ACORN is involved in organized voter registration fraud, according to an October 14, 2008 article posted at the Buckeye Institute’s website. RICO actions are heavily used in cases of organized crime.
The suit seeks to dissolve ACORN as a legal entity and stop the group’s illegal activities, according to the report from the Buckeye Institute’s website. The complaint also cites allegations of illegal acts by ACORN in 13 states. According to the Buckeye Institute’s website, those states are Wisconsin, Virginia, Indiana, Washington, Michigan, Missouri, Nevada, Colorado, Louisiana, Pennsylvania, Texas, New Mexico and Nevada.
According to an October 16, 2008 Associated Press article by Lara Lakes Jordan that appeared at Breitbart.com, the Federal Bureau of Investigation is looking into allegations of voter fraud and the results of recent raids of ACORN offices by state officials. ACORN employees are alleged to have submitted fraudulent voter registration cards with names from the Dallas Cowboy’s starting line up as well as the Disney cartoon character ‘Mickey Mouse.’
The Associated Press article cited fraud investigations in Nevada, Missouri and Connecticut.
Eight ACORN employees in the city and county of St. Louis, Missouri pled guilty in April to federal election fraud for submitting bogus voter registration cards that may have influenced the 2006 election, according to an October 8, 2008 Associated Press article by Bill Draper that appeared on Yahoo.com’s news page. The article stated that ACORN has registered over one million people to vote for the November 4 election.