Gov.-Elect Josh Shapiro arrested a fellow Democrat for widespread fraud…. against other Democrats. These guys even cheat their own. Philadelphia political consultant Rasheen Crews was arrested Wednesday. He is charged with wholesale forgery of signatures on campaign petitions. He took on clients who wanted to run for office and he was to get their petitions filled out by legal voters, but instead, he forged their information and signatures. This occurred during the primarie4s for the 2019 local election.
Shapiro said in a statement:
“In advance of the 2023 municipal elections, this arrest is an important reminder that interfering with the integrity of our elections is a serious crime. By soliciting and organizing the wide scale forgery of signatures, the defendant undermined the democratic process and Philadelphians’ right to a free and fair election. My office is dedicated to upholding the integrity of the election process across the Commonwealth, to ensure everyone can participate in Pennsylvania’s future.”
My Office has arrested Rasheen Crews, a political consultant, on charges related to forging signatures on nomination petitions in municipal elections.
An important reminder that interfering with the integrity of our elections is a serious crime.https://t.co/ApxmufLWdk
— AG Josh Shapiro (@PAAttorneyGen) November 16, 2022
Authorities say that Crews was hired by several Democratic candidates to help them get6 enough signatures to get on the ballot, but upon examination, they found that many of the signatures were just forgeries and could not be used to get on the ballot. He then had the petitions notarized and he turned them in. They found that more than 1,000 signatures were duplicates with “many names and addresses were found repeated on various petition pages”. Others they checked with claimed that they never signed the petitions at all.
One of the clients, Jason Rubin, said he paid Crews $2,500 dollars to help him complete his petitions. He already had some pages complete and notarized, but said he found that Crews had added names to the notarized lists.
A Philadelphia political consultant is facing criminal charges after allegedly forging signatures to get Democratic nominee clients onto 2019 primary ballots in the city, according to the Attorney General’s office.
The charges announced Wednesday against political consultant Rasheen Crews, 46, stem from the May 2019 primary elections for the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas and Philadelphia Municipal Court. Petitions for nearly a dozen candidates show that over one thousand signatures were duplicated, the Attorney General’s office said in a statement.
Crews was paid between $1.50 and $2.50 per signature by clients who sought to complete the paperwork needed to be included on the Democratic ballot for the 2019 primary, according to the affidavit. However, the complaint states, rather than collecting the signatures legally, Crews either forged, or hired others to forge, signatures by renting out hotel rooms where workers would copy down names and addresses onto petition paperwork.
Some pages were allegedly photocopied, or the voter names found across the various petition pages did not live at the addresses listed, or identified voters who said they had not signed, the affidavit states.