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A former Pennsylvania congressman has pleaded guilty to extensive voter fraud, including stuffing ballot boxes for Democratic candidates, spanning multiple elections in the state.
Former U.S. Rep. Michael “Ozzie” Myers, 79, of Philadelphia, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to deprive voters of civil rights, bribery, obstruction of justice, falsification of voting records, and conspiring to illegally vote in a federal election, the Justice Department announced Monday.
Federal prosecutors said Myers orchestrated schemes to fraudulently stuff ballot boxes for Democratic candidates in the 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018 Pennsylvania elections.
Rep. Michael Myers speaks to reporters at the Capitol after he was expelled from Congress by fellow House members for taking a bribe in the FBI Abscam case in 1980. (Getty)
Myers admitted to bribing an elections judge, Domenick Demuro, in a voter fraud scheme over several years. Demuro pleaded guilty in May 2020 and was convicted for his role in accepting bribes to cast fraudulent ballots and certify false voting results.
Myers also admitted to conspiring to commit election fraud with another elections judge, Marie Beren, who pleaded guilty to the scheme in October 2021.
“Voting is the cornerstone of our democracy,” U.S. Attorney Jennifer Arbittier Williams said in a press release. “If even one vote has been illegally cast or if the integrity of just one election official is compromised, it diminishes faith in process.”
Michael Myers, left, with Rep. Julian C. Dixon, D-Calif., outside the Ethics Committee room, Oct. 19, 1989. (Laura Patterson/CQ Roll Call via Getty Images)
Myers was expelled from Congress in 1980 after being caught taking bribes in the Abscam sting investigation, when he was convicted of bribery and conspiracy for taking money from FBI agents who posed as Arab sheiks. He served more than a year in prison.
Myers also served six years in the Pennsylvania House before his 1976 election to Congress.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
Jessica Chasmar is a reporter for Fox News Digital. Story tips can be sent to Jessica.Chasmar@fox.com and on Twitter: @JessicaChasmar.