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2015-05-07

Edwards County couple indicted, arrested for voting fraud

Courtesy of Edwards County SO

On Thursday, April 6, the Texas Attorney General's Office presented a case to the Edwards County 452nd Judicial District Grand Jury that included illegal voting and tampering with a government document. Illegal Voting is a Second Degree Felony while Tampering with a Government Document is a State Jail Felony.
After being served with indictments, Michael and Tamara Scotch were arrested on April 13, by Edwards County Sheriff Pamela Elliott and Deputy CPT Darrell Volkmann on four counts each. The counts included:
• Michael Scotch, Count 1 and 4 - Defendant voted in the May 11, 2013 municipal election of Rocksprings, when he knew he did not reside in the city or territory covered by the election in which he voted for Illegal Voting and Tampering with Government Records.
• Michael Scotch, Count 2 and 3 - Defendant, with intent to defraud or harm another, did knowingly make a false entry in a governmental record, to wit: A Statement of Residence, said false entry that Michael Scotch's residence address was at 608 W. Old Del Rio, Rocksprings, TX 78880, which is not his residence.
• Tamara Scotch, Count 1 and 4 - Defendant voted in the May 11, 2013 municipal election of Rocksprings, when she knew she did not reside in the city or territory covered by the election in which she voted for Illegal Voting and Tampering with Government Records.
• Tamara Scotch, Count 2 and 3 - Defendant, with intent to defraud or harm another, did knowingly make a false entry in a governmental record, to wit: A Statement of Residence, said false entry that Tamara Scotch's residence address was at 608 W. Old Del Rio, Rocksprings, TX 78880, which is not his residence.
Michael and Tamara Scotch each posted a $7000 bond and were released from the Edwards County Jail pending trial in this matter.
Elliott stated, "It is matters such as this which ensures that the integrity of the election is kept to a fair and impartial process because each and every vote counts."
Elliott indicated she has received another complaint from the Attorney General Office regarding other people who do not live in Edwards County but have failed to change their registry. The Edwards County Sheriff's Office is currently investigating this matter.
The ECSO urges all residents of the City of Rocksprings and Edwards County to update their current addresses with the Edwards County Voter Registar or with the registar in the county in which they currently reside.