FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Catherine Lu, Public Information Officer
(702) 486-6982 / 334-7953
(Las Vegas, NV; April 18, 2014) – An undocumented immigrant who registered to vote under a false name and cast ballots in the 2008 and 2010 Nevada elections is in custody in California and faces extradition to Nevada to face two Category “E” felony charges. Nevada Secretary of State Ross Miller says the case ultimately demonstrates the integrity and security of Nevada’s elections process.
“As we’ve demonstrated in past cases of elections violations, this type of fraud demands the most zealous prosecution,” said Miller. “There is no reason to believe that this type of fraud is widespread, however; one of the reasons that it isn’t widespread is our proactive approach to enforcing the laws that ensure the integrity of our elections system. It’s important to note that a ‘voter ID’ law would not have prevented this incident. This was an incident that was based on identity theft. The suspect had identification, albeit fraudulent, which is why she was allowed to vote.
“The multiple agencies involved in the investigation and eventual prosecution of this case is a great example of why I established Nevada’s Multi-Jurisdictional Elections Integrity Task Force. The ability for various agencies to communicate effectively and quickly with each other is vital to a case of this nature. The federal and state agencies involved in this matter are to be congratulated for their effectiveness.”
According to a criminal complaint filed by the Nevada Attorney General’s office Ortencia Segura Segura, on or about August 24, 2008, willfully and unlawfully gave a false answer to the Washoe County Registrar of Voters and/or falsified her application to register to vote by using the name “Marisela Reyna.” Following information received from the U.S. Department of Justice, the Secretary of State’s office initiated an investigation.
The Department of Justice informed the Secretary of State’s office that Segura was arrested in 2012 for filing a false statement in application for a passport and was subsequently deported at that time for false re-entry. It is alleged that Segura had also fraudulently obtained a Nevada driver’s license under the name “Marisela Reyna,” which she used to complete a 2008 voter registration form. The Washoe County Registrar’s Office confirmed that Marisela Reyna voted in the 2008 and 2010 elections. Based on that investigation, Reno Justice of the Peace Peter Sferrazza issued an arrest warrant for Segura. On April 17, 2014, Segura was arrested for again entering the United States illegally, at which time federal officials discovered the outstanding Nevada warrant and notified the Secretary of State’s investigators.
Segura is being held in Las Colinas Women’s Detention Center in Santee, Calif., pending her extradition to Nevada. She is charged with one count of an act concerning registration of voters and one count of possession of personal identifying information for the purpose of establishing false status and/or identity, both Category “E” felonies. The Nevada Attorney General’s office is the prosecuting agency.
Download the criminal complaint by clicking here.
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