A Hoboken woman has pleaded guilty to promoting a vote-by-mail fraud scheme during the 2013 mayoral contest, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito announced.Â
By John Heinis/Hudson County View
Lizaida Camis, 55, of Hoboken, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Court Judge William J. Martini in Newark federal court to conspiracy to use mail to promote a voter bribery scheme during the 2013 municipal election in Hoboken, authorities said.
Camis, Dio Braxton, and others, at former Hoboken City Council candidate Frank Raiaâ€™s direction, agreed to pay certain Hoboken voters $50 each if those voters applied for and cast mail-in ballots for the November 2013 Hoboken municipal election.
Raia, also a former mayoral candidate and chair for the North Hudson Sewerage Authority, and Braxton wereÂ indicted on vote-by-mail fraud on Halloween.
Camis and others allegedly provided these voters with vote-by-mail applications and then delivered the completed applications to the Hudson County Clerkâ€™s office.
After the mail-in ballots were delivered to the voters, Camis and others went to the votersâ€™ residences and, in some cases, instructed the voters to vote for a rent control referendum that Raia supported, officials said.
According to court documents, Camis, Braxton and others promised the voters that they would be paid $50 for casting their mail-in ballots and told them that they could pick up their checks after the election at Raiaâ€™s office in Hoboken.
Bank records show that voters who interacted with Camis and Braxton received $50 checks from an entity associated with Raia, the Let the People Decide super PAC.
The conspiracy charge carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a $250,000 fine. Sentencing is scheduled for Feb. 21, 2019.
A quick guilty plea in many instances is a precursor for a little fish giving up a bigger fish for lesser sentence.
Sing little fishy, sing a song. Make it right, they’ll sing along.
Bye, bye Bit Mazon.