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 September 30, 2022

Former Democratic congressman Michael 'Ozzie' Myers sentenced to 30-month jail term for fraud

According to a report released on Tuesday by the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, a former Democratic congressman from Pennsylvania was given a 30-month jail term after engaging in fraud that benefited Democratic politicians.

The Daily Caller reported that according to the office, Michael "Ozzie" Myers, 79, entered a guilty plea to charges including conspiring to falsify voting records, bribery, obstruction of justice, and orchestrating ballot-stuffing schemes in Pennsylvania's 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018 elections.

He also admitted to conspiring to illegally vote in a federal election and violate civil rights. He served in the U.S. House from 1976 to 1980 before being ousted for bribery and sentenced to three years in jail after the FBI discovered him.

In the more recent case, Myers was also given three years of supervised release and fines totaling $100,000. A 2020 indictment claims that Myers paid Domenick J. Demuro, the election judge in Philadelphia at the time, to rig votes in favor of particular candidates, the year Demuro entered a guilty plea.

According to the Washington Examiner, Myer also admitted to conspiring to commit election fraud with Marie Beren, a former Philadelphia election judge who pled guilty in October 2021.

"Protecting the legitimacy of elections is critical to ensuring the public's trust in the process," FBI Philadelphia Division Special Agent in Charge Jacqueline Maguire said.

"Through his actions, Ozzie Myers pointedly disdained both the will of Philadelphia voters and the rule of law. He's now a federal felon twice over, heading back behind bars, with time to consider the great consequence of free and fair elections."

Written By:
Charlotte Tyler

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