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Mexico citizen charged with voting fraud in Roseville

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Jose Antonio Ramirez-Velazquez Jose Antonio Ramirez-Velazquez
SOUTHFIELD, Mich. (myFOXDetroit.com) -

Jose Antonio Ramirez-Velazquez, a citizen of Mexico, has been charged for registering to vote and voting while living in Roseville, Michigan.

Remirez-Velazquez, 47, has been charged with one count of Making a Material False Statement When Registering to Vote, a 90-day misdemeanor.

The charge alleges Ramirez-Velázquez's illegal voter registration allowed him to vote in elections held in November 2004, November 2006 and November 2008.

The U.S. Border Patrol and the Roseville Police Department headed the investigation. The fraud came to attention in December 2012, when Ramirez-Velazquez allegedly told police and U.S. Border Patrol agents he voted in federal elections.

Meanwhile, the May 7 election will be the first election to use new language on the ballot. Secretary of State Ruth Johnson successfully pushed to add specific wording to the ballot application to make it clear that only U.S. citizens may cast ballots. Johnson also has sought assistance from the federal government with identifying non-citizen voters, but her requests so far have not been granted.

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