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For immediate release: Alex Murphy
  DCI Public Information Officer
Investigative Operations
Iowa Department of Public Safety
Thursday, September 20, 2012 amurphy@dps.state.ia.us
(515) 443-3014 - cell
(515) 725-6189 - office

Three Individuals Charged with Election Misconduct in Pottawattamie County

Council Bluffs, IOWA --- A DCI investigation into the 2010 and 2011 general and city elections in Pottawattamie County has resulted in three individuals being charged with Election Misconduct (vote fraud), a Class D Felony.  Those charged are 52 year old Albert Harte-Maxwell of Council Bluffs, Iowa;  49 year old Linda Harte-Maxwell of Council Bluffs, Iowa;  and 40 year old Maria Ayon-Fernandez of Council Bluffs, Iowa.

According to criminal complaints filed, Albert Harte-Maxwell, Linda Harte-Maxwell, and Maria Ayon-Fernandez are all non United States citizens who registered to vote in Pottawattamie County.  Albert Harte-Maxwell voted in the 2010 general election and 2011 city election, Linda Harte-Maxwell voted in the 2011 city election and Maria Ayon-Fernandez voted in the 2010 general election.

Complaint & Affidavit

Albert Harte-Maxwell, Linda Harte-Maxwell, and Maria Ayon-Fernandez turned themselves in to law enforcement today.  All three individuals were booked into the Pottawattamie County Jail and released on their own recognizance. 

A. Hart-Maxwell

Albert Harte-Maxwell

L. Hart-Maxwell

Linda Harte-Maxwell

Ayon-Fernandez

Maria Ayon-Fernandez

This investigation was conducted through the cooperative efforts of the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation and the Pottawattamie County Attorney’s Office.

For questions, please contact DCI Assistant Director Charis Paulson at (515) 971-4733.

Please note a criminal charge is merely an accusation and all suspects are considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

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Note: A criminal charge is merely an accusation and a defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty.

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