Mobile AL – An unsuccessful candidate in an Alabama House race and a nursing home worker were arrested and charged Thursday with multiple counts of voter fraud.
Mobile County District Attorney John Tyson Jr. announced charges against Darren Lee Flott, 42, who ran in a 2006 race in House District 98, and Angie Corine Green, 49, also known as Angela Green.
The indictment lists 53 felony counts in a scheme to cast false absentee ballots bearing the names of Eight Mile Nursing Home patients described by authorities as comatose or incompetent.
Flott of Eight Mile opposed James Gordon of Prichard in last year's Democratic primary, and again in a July runoff for the seat vacated by former Rep. Bill Clark, D-Prichard.
Gordon protested the runoff results and the Democratic Party threw out 78 of Flott's votes, erasing his margin and making Gordon, who faced no Republican opponent in the general election, the new District 98 representative.
Flott is a respiratory therapist who formerly worked at Eight Mile Nursing Home and works at Atmore Community Hospital, Tyson said.
Green served as activities director at the Eight Mile Nursing Home at the time of her arrest.
Flott and Green were each charged with 14 felony counts of preparing or assisting in the preparation of absentee ballots for incapacitated nursing home patients.
Each count carries a sentence of one to 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $15,000.
The remaining 39 charges against Flott and Green are for other illegal voting activities. Each of those felony offenses carries a sentence of one to two years in prison and up to $500 in fines.
Copyright 2007 Associated Press.