An elected Democratic county official in Virginia was recently indicted by a grand jury on dozens of criminal charges related to an election fraud conspiracy that transpired throughout several election cycles.
Knox District Supervisor Trey Adkins in Virginia’s Buchanan County has been hit with 82 counts that include election fraud-related offenses like making false statements and forging signatures on absentee ballot application forms, Breitbart reported.
Adkins was first elected to the board of supervisors in 2011 and is alleged to have engaged in election fraud in the elections of 2011, 2015, and 2019.
Charged with election fraud
Russell County’s Commonwealth’s Attorney Zach Stoots was named as a special prosecutor in the case and he was aided by Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Reece Robertson and the Virginia State Police in a more than a two-year investigation of Adkins, according to a press release posted to Facebook.
The criminal charges listed in that release included 34 counts of making false statements related to election fraud, 15 counts of uttering public records, 11 counts of absentee voting procedure violation, 11 counts of forgery of public record, eight counts of public embezzlement, and three counts of conspiracy to make false statements — election fraud.
Indicted along with Adkins was an accomplice named Sherry Lynn Bailey, who faces 12 felony counts that included four counts of false statements — election fraud, four counts of conspiracy to make a false statement, and four counts of forgery of public record.
False statements, forged signatures, and embezzlement
According to a grand jury report, Adkins is alleged to have relied heavily upon absentee ballots to win his elections, more so than any other candidates, per the county registrar, and at least some of those ballots were alleged to have been fraudulently filled out on behalf of registered voters and submitted by Adkins himself.
He is alleged to have made false statements by way of offering fraudulent excuses in the “Reason Code” section of absentee ballot applications, such as false assertions of disability for non-disabled voters that worked full-time, or fake travel plans for voters who would not be traveling on election day.
Adkins is further alleged to have forged the signature of some voters as well as the signatures of non-existent witnesses who are required, though it appears that Bailey provided a fraudulent assist in that regard in some instances.
The Democratic official also faces charges of embezzlement related to allegations that he directed the delivery of county-owned gravel to private citizens, presumably to win their votes, even though the gravel was only to be used for county purposes or to repair private roads that had been damaged by county vehicles.
Adkins responds to indictment
Local media outlet WCYB reported that Adkins issued a video statement on social media in response to the criminal indictment and proclaimed his innocence and vowed to fight the charges against him in court.
He explained that the charges were nothing more than minor offenses or misunderstandings and made it clear that, at least at this point, he had no plans of resigning his position on the county board of supervisors.
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