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Posted at 05:23 PM ET, 05/05/2011

Man charged in Arlington voter fraud waives extradition

The president of the company hired to collect signatures for Arlington’s failed change of government petition waived extradition Thursday in Macomb County, Mich., court officials said.

Shawn D. Wilmoth, 24, president of Signature Masters, was contracted to train local residents to collect 12,000 signatures to get the change Arlington’s form of government question on the 2010 ballot.
Shawn D. Wilmoth’s mugshot after his April 8 arrest in Warren, Mich. (Macomb County Sheriff’s Office)

He was the third individual indicted on two felony counts of voter fraud in Arlington County on March 28. He was arrested in Warren, Mich., on April 8. He has been in Macomb County’s jail since that time.

Cheryl Simmons and William Cockerham pleaded guilty to related voter fraud charges in February.

Richard E. Trodden, the commonwealth’s attorney, stated this year in Simmons and Cockerham’s proffers of evidence that Wilmoth paid the two to fill petitions supporting a change in the form of Arlington County’s government at a rate of $2 per signature.

Signatures must be witnessed by the registered voter who collected them, under Virginia law. Cockerham and Simmons, both felons who are not permitted to vote, told Arlington police that they signed off on petitions that they did not circulate that were handed to them by Wilmoth, Trodden said.

Simmons and Cockerham are awaiting sentencing this month on voter fraud charges.

Arlington officials have 12 days to get Wilmoth, said a Macomb County Circuit Court clerk.

The commonwealth’s attorney’s office has approved the extradition, and Arlington County detectives will be handling the transfer, said Crystal Nosal, a spokeswoman for Arlington County police. She declined to give further specifics for safety reasons, she said.

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