The voter fraud case in Hialeah expanded Friday to include the uncle of former Hialeah mayor Julio Robaina.
Sergio Robaina, 74, turned himself into authorities Friday afternoon. He has been charged with two felony counts of voter fraud and two misdemeanor counts of violating a county ordinance that prohibits having more than two absentee ballots.
He is accused of filling out absentee ballots for a woman and her son.
The investigation originated with the U.S. Postal Service, Miami-Dade State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle said.
“Postal Service finds 160 some odd ballots arrived overnight, they call the Elections Department, the Elections Department calls the police and our prosecutors,” she said.
The absentee ballots in the Robaina case were dropped off at a post office by Anamary Pedrosa, who ran the Hialeah office of Miami-Dade Commissioner Esteban Bovo Jr.
Bovo said Friday that none of his county employees were authorized or instructed to work on local campaigns in this election.
“I am deeply disturbed that my name, or that of my office, is being mentioned in the same breath of an absentee ballot investigation,” he said in a statement...
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