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October 22, 2008

Shock: ACORN Fraud Extends to Bitter, Racist Pennsylvania

"One bad apple:"

Delaware County authorities yesterday arrested a former employee of the activist group ACORN on felony theft and forgery charges for allegedly submitting dozens of phony voter-registration applications.

Jemar Barksdale, 34, of Chester, while employed by the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now, submitted 18 fraudulent forms using the names of existing voters, and 22 other applications in which the information was "completely fictitious," according to District Attorney G. Michael Green.

County detectives interviewed the 18 voters starting in late July. Six are elderly and one attends Don Guanella School, a facility for mentally disabled men.

...

Barksdale admitted to signing the forms as the ACORN employee who assisted in completing them, Green said, but denied forging voters' signatures or printing other information on the forms.

A handwriting analysis, however, found that 16 of the voter signatures and all of the printing on the applications matched a handwriting sample provided by Barksdale, Green said.

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Headley said her office has forwarded about 500 suspicious applications to the D.A.'s office - some of which include dubious names such as "Ben Dover."

Krista Holub, ACORN's political director in Pennsylvania, said Barksdale worked for the organization for only eight days, making $8 an hour, before he was fired.

"This is one bad apple," she said.

More, including video, here.

Thanks to CJ and WilliamA.


Warrior Poet? Check out the poem "Change" by one Jemar Barkersdale, who just happens to have the same uncommon name as this asshole.

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