Oregon AG gets guilty plea voter fraud case

Attorney General Kroger Press Release,
September 15, 2010

Lafayette Frederick Keaton pleaded guilty to two counts of making a false statement in violation of state elections law

Attorney General John Kroger and Secretary of State Kate Brown today announced the successful prosecution of a Portland man accused of repeatedly casting ballots in the name of his dead son.

“Violating elections law will not be tolerated,” said Attorney General Kroger.

“I am pleased that Mr. Keaton admitted his guilt today and will be held accountable for his actions,” said Secretary of State Brown. “Protecting the integrity of our elections is one of my most important jobs. As the General Election nears, voters should trust that any attempt to vote illegally will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.”

Lafayette Frederick Keaton (DOB: 10-27-1929) of 3540 N. Mississippi Ave. in Portland pleaded guilty today in Marion County Circuit Court to two counts of making a false statement under election laws in violation of ORS 260.715. Each count is a Class C felony. Keaton is scheduled to be sentenced Nov. 18. Keaton previously pleaded guilty to theft of government funds and Social Security fraud. Sentencing on the federal charges is scheduled for Nov. 15 in U.S. District Court in Portland.

Keaton also must pay $5,000 to the Oregon Department of Justice to cover the cost of the investigation and perform 160 hours of community service.

Senior Assistant Attorney General Eugene Ebersole prosecuted the case for the Oregon Department of Justice in conjunction with the Social Security Administration Office of Investigations and the United States Attorney for the District of Oregon.

Attorney General John Kroger leads the Oregon Department of Justice. The Department’s mission is to fight crime and fraud, protect the environment, improve child welfare, promote a positive business climate, and defend the rights of all Oregonians.

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  • Rick Hickey

    What if Mexican Drug Cartel Marijuana Growers were listed in Voter Vault?

    Say the 5 acre plot worth over $120 million as reported in the Medford Mail Tribune. This News report listed Names, D.O.B. & City of Residence and they an ICE Hold & some are listed as Registered to Vote.

    Are your votes being nullified by Non-Citizen Drug dealers?

    Why does Kate Brown publish in the Voters’ Pamphlet that you CAN vote Locally (but not Federally) if you do not have the required ID/papers? That is a violation of the Or. Const.

    Just asking…

  • Founding Fathers

    Rick, have you considered that she may be following the law?

    • Pinkie French

      Yep, and the LAW applies to EVERYONE. Even ILLEGALS! Too bad liberals like Kate Brown and Kroger only want to enforce laws on some while looking the other way for others.

  • anonymous

    Nice of Watchdog to print a press release from the most liberal, activist attorney general in modern history and allow him to boast at the end of the release of the lofty purposes for his office. Never mind the harsh reality that Kroger is a union hack and is using his office to further his own political agenda and his own ambitions.

    This guy issues a press release almost daily. He has big plans for himself. And the SEIU and the OEA, the tw entities who chose him and put him where he is, will continue to pull his strings.

  • Ron Marquez

    …..”The Department’s mission is to ……….promote a positive business climate,”…..

    Promote a positive business climate ?? Like to know exactly Kroger goes about this.

  • Mary’s Opinion

    Folks who are illegally voting in the state of Oregon could make for an interesting piece of investigative reporting journalism. Do we have journalist in Oregon up to the task?

    • Founding Fathers

      Not at Oregon Catalyst. Only hacks.

    • Steve

      Who is breaking the law when dead people vote? If they are still on the voters roll and they are officially dead with a death certificate should we prosecute the people in charge and the purps also? Seems to me that if it favors one party over the other not much effort is given. Let us take back the voting system. Take it away from the politico and give it to a non partisian group of honored citizes. Let them be in charge of nitiatives by citizens, redistricting, counting etc. I do not have any confidence in our current corupt system. Neither party will fix it ever.

      • Mary’s Opinion

        When someone dies, usually a person chosen by the deceased handles the affairs. But who notifies the county elections board of the death of a registered voter?

  • skippy

    To anonymous: Kroger joined the Marines at 17. If you bothered to read his book “Convictions” you would know how absolutely wrong you are in your characterizations. There is a reason both the Republicans and Democrats endorsed him and that he won both the Republican and the Democratic primaries. The long list of Sherriffs and law enforcement officers who support him tell a story on their own, Kroger follows the law pure and simple. He’s thrown Mafia figures behand bars and helped convict Enron executives to name a few. You’ll never meet a fairer person no matter what political party.

  • John Fairplay

    Kroger won the Republican primary because no Republican stood for the office. He receives the endorsement of law enforcement due to his promise to protect to the death their right to outrageous PERS benefits and for no other reason.

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