Democrats and their media allies have been quick to insist over the past couple of years that widespread use of absentee ballots is perfectly safe and poses no threat of being fraudulently exploited to manipulate election results … but that isn’t exactly the truth.
A Virginia grand jury recently issued an indictment against Buchanan County Supervisor Trey Adkins that charged the Democratic official with dozens of counts related to election fraud and embezzlement, The Conservative Brief reported.
Adkins faces a slew of charges including election fraud-related offenses like making false statements, forging signatures, and falsifying records, as well as embezzlement by way of delivering county-owned gravel to private citizens for personal use through his construction firm.
Election fraud and embezzlement
Local media outlet WJHL reported that Adkins had been under investigation for nearly two years by Russell County Commonwealth Attorney Zach Stoots, who was named a special prosecutor, in coordination with the Virginia State Police, Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Reece Robinson, and an empaneled grand jury that ultimately delivered an 82-count indictment against the elected official.
Those charges include 34 counts of False Statement — Election Fraud; 11 counts of Absentee Voting Procedure Violation; eight counts of Public Embezzlement; 11 counts of Forgery of Public Record; 15 counts of Uttering Public Record; and three counts of Conspiracy to Make a False Statement — Election Fraud.
Stoots cited the Rules of Professional Conduct in declining to offer any sort of detailed statement regarding the ongoing prosecution of a criminal matter.
False statements and forged signatures
The details of Adkins’ fraudulent election crimes were laid out, however, in a grand jury report released on May 5 which alleged that the fraud committed by Adkins occurred in the off-year elections of 2011, 2015, and 2019.
According to the report, Adkins as a candidate is alleged to have traveled alone to the homes of registered voters with absentee ballot applications that were then filled out and turned in by home. Several dozen of those applications had a false “Reason Code” filled out, including nonexistent disabilities or fake travel plans for the voters.
He is also alleged to have filled out applications and forged the signatures of some voters without their consent or knowledge. He also allegedly forged required witness signatures, or enlisted the help of an accomplice named Sherry Lynn Bailey — who also faces 12 felony counts, per WJHL — in being a false witness to his fraud.
As for the embezzlement counts, that involved him delivering unauthorized truckloads of county-owned gravel — which is only supposed to be used for county purposes or to fix damaged private roads — to voters with undamaged private roads, presumably to buy their votes.
Adkins proclaims innocence, vows to fight charges in court
Local media outlet WCYB reported that Adkins released a lengthy video on Facebook following the indictment and insisted that he was innocent and all of the charges were related to minor transgressions and misunderstandings. He also stated that he would not resign his position and would defend himself against the criminal prosecution.
“And let me be clear about something else here. We will most definitely fight this in court. And once we are able to make a statement and explain who’s who and what’s going on, it’s going to shock this county,” Adkins said.