W.V. Dem pleads guilty in federal vote fraud probe


A former West Virginia county commissioner pleaded guilty Wednesday to lying to a federal agent about his role in a 2010 voter fraud case.

Former county commissioner Thomas Ramey Jr. could serve up to five years of prison time, the Associated Press reports:

The 32-year-old Democrat admits he lied about trying to hide his role in a scheme to hijack his party’s 2010 county primary with fraudulent absentee ballots.

The probe previously ensnared Lincoln County Clerk Donald Whitten and Sheriff Jerry Bowman. Both left office before pleading guilty.

Ramey resigned after prosecutors filed the felony charge against him last month. He pleaded guilty Wednesday as part of an agreement with prosecutors.