BOWLING GREEN, KY (WFIE) - A federal grand jury in Bowling Green has indicted Wilbur P. Graves, age 53; Gary M. "Meathead" Bartley, age 52; Wanda L. Moore, age 23; and Ronald D. Muse, age 33, all of Tompkinsville, Kentucky, in Monroe County, on charges of conspiring to buy votes in the 2006 General Election there, and for buying votes during the election.
The Indictment alleges that beginning in October, 2006, and continuing to date of the general election on November 7, 2006, Graves, Moore, Muse and Bartley conspired to buy votes.
According to the indictment, the defendants paid voters to cast walk-in absentee ballots after falsely stating that they were blind, disabled or unable to read English and thus in need of assistance to vote. Members of the conspiracy would then accompany the voters into the booth to cast the voters' ballots for Graves and other candidates.
The money used to pay the voters was provided by Graves, who was running for County Judge-Executive. The Indictment specifies eight voters who were paid for voting in the Election.
Maximum penalties for Graves and Bartley are 10 years' imprisonment, a $500,000 fine, and supervised release for a period of three years. For Moore, the maximum potential penalties are 20 years' imprisonment, a $1,000,000 fine, and supervised release for a period of 3 years. For Muse, the maximum potential penalties are 15 years' imprisonment, a $750,000 fine, and supervised release for a period of 3 years.
The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Thomas W. Dyke and Josh Judd, and was investigated by the FBI.
All of the defendants are scheduled to appear for arraignment before the United States Magistrate Judge on June 23.
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