FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Catherine Lu, Public Information Officer
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(Las Vegas, NV; July 22, 2014) – Secretary of State investigators today arrested a Las Vegas-area woman who is alleged to have registered to vote twice under a false name and now faces seven felony charges. Nevada Secretary of State Ross Miller says the case demonstrates the integrity and security of the state’s elections process.
“This incident of voter registration fraud was predicated on identity theft, and multiple state agencies worked together efficiently to investigate the case,” said Miller. “Voter registration fraud is not widespread, and we have systems in place to catch those who attempt to commit these unlawful acts. The Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles spotted a discrepancy in its records and alerted my office to the issue. This is the type of relationship among agencies I hoped to foster when I established the Elections Integrity Task Force.”
According to a criminal complaint filed by the Nevada Attorney General’s office, Biqui Diana Parra Rodriguez obtained personal identifying information of another person, Mary Lou Aguirre, and unlawfully and fraudulently registered to vote twice under a false name. On or about October 18, 2011, Rodriguez used the personal identifying information to register to vote at or near the East Sahara location of the Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles. Furthermore, on or about August 16, 2012, Rodriguez willfully and falsely gave her name as Mary Lou Aguirre on a voter registration application in Clark County.
Rodriguez is charged with a total of seven counts of felonies, two of which are Category “B” felonies and five of which are Category “E” felonies. The Category “B” felonies include burglary; and obtaining and using personal identifying information of another person to harm or impersonate person, to obtain certain records or for other unlawful purpose. The Category “E” felonies include possession or sale of document or personal identifying information to establish false status or identity; fraud in connection with application for license or identification card; two counts of fraud in connection with application for license or identification card; and two violations of laws governing elections – voter registration.
Rodriguez is being held at Clark County Detention Center on $5,000 bail and awaits arraignment. The Nevada Attorney General’s office is the prosecuting agency. Download the criminal complaint by clicking here.
Biqui Diana Parra Rodriguez booking photo
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