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Caught commiting voter fraud

Posted by on Jul. 17, 2013 at 7:46 AM
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US student jailed for rigged vote
Last updated Jul 16, 2013, 5:23 PM EST


A US student who committed identity theft to rig an election for president of the student body has been sentenced to a year in prison.

Matthew Weaver stole the passwords of 745 students at California State University San Marcos to cast ballots for himself and friends.

The 22-year-old was one of only two candidates for the main role.

Prosecutors said Weaver had researched the scheme online beforehand and then made a plan to blame others.

He was arrested in February after a year-long investigation and pleaded guilty a month later to wire fraud, unauthorised access of a computer and identity theft.

Caught red-handed
He installed small electronic devices that record a computer's keystrokes in order to steal the passwords, before casting about 630 votes for himself.

Assistant US Attorney Sabrina Feve called Weaver "an incredibly entitled young man".

Sentencing him on Monday, US District Judge Larry Burns said that Weaver had shown "phenomenal misjudgement".

"He's on fire for this crime and then he pours gasoline on it," Judge Burns said, reports the Los Angeles Times.

According to prosecutors, Weaver was caught red-handed.

After university officials received numerous complaints about students being unable to vote, they noticed hundreds of ballots coming from one computer.

As the voting period ended, campus police found Weaver sitting at the machine.

The school cancelled the results of the election for the job, which reportedly comes with an $8,000 (£5,300) stipend.
by on Jul. 17, 2013 at 7:46 AM
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SyllabaryBisque
by Bronze Member on Jul. 17, 2013 at 7:47 AM

Wow, what a moron... 

stacymomof2
by Ruby Member on Jul. 17, 2013 at 8:17 AM
I don't understand why it meant so much to him that he would commit identity theft. He had to know tgat he would be in trouble. For what? an 8000 stipend?
punky3175
by Punky on Jul. 17, 2013 at 8:21 AM
The downfalls of online voting.
TCgirlatheart
by TC on Jul. 17, 2013 at 8:24 AM

Wow...  From the actual crime to the sentence that's just crazy.

~"Free the child's potential, and you will transform both the child and the world."

Dr. Maria Montessori~

prommy
by Silver Member on Jul. 17, 2013 at 8:30 AM

 I hope he's not a shining example of our future leaders...sneaky and stupid!

NWP
by guerrilla girl on Jul. 17, 2013 at 8:37 AM
I had a student last semester who was entitled enough to do something like this. He actually told me he was too busy with his fraternity president responsibilities to go gallivanting around town doing research for his project but he still felt he deserved an A. Gallivanting. His word.
fireangel5
by Gold Member on Jul. 17, 2013 at 8:49 AM

Idiot. Was it really that important? Now he's spending time in jail and has a record. What a shining moment in his life.

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