A grand jury has indicted Eatonville Mayor Anthony Grant on multiple counts of voter fraud.
The Orlando Sentinel reports that the investigation of Grant and at least two others stems from the 2015 Eatonville, Florida elections.
Grant is accused of having offered bribes and reduced rents to voters who supported him. Specifically, grant is charged with bribing voters for absentee ballots, which were “out of proportion with the numbers of absentees in previous elections by an almost 3-1 ratio,” the Sentinel reported.
“These three people conspired together to essentially present votes as if they were legitimate,” said State Attorney Jeff Ashton, according to WESH. “That is the allegation in a number of the counts.”
The indictments were announced Monday as the grand jury concluded its work.
Bruce Mount, the incumbent mayor who was defeated by Grant in the election, says he’s always suspected voter fraud.
“We always felt that it was voter fraud,” Mount, who’d sued Grant in an effort to seek a new election, said.
“I didn’t know anything about it,” Grant said when asked about the allegations.