Miami-Dade State Attorney Katherine Fernandez-Rundle recused herself from an absentee ballot fraud investigation after she said one of her campaign workers was allegedly in the company of Deisy Cabrerea.
Cabrera, one of the two women at the center of a voter fraud investigation was taken into the Miami-Dade County jail on Thursday morning. She bonded out Thursday night and walked out of jail with her attorney who said she was invoking her Fifth Amendment right.
Cabrera was seen handcuffed as she walked into the jail shortly before noon.
Both Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez and his opponent in the election, Joe Martinez, commented on the arrest Thursday.
"I think it was overdue. As a former police officer, I know you have probable cause. When they first stopped the lady, they had enough probable cause to arrest based on the ordinance we have," said Martinez. "You can't have more than two, she had 19 I think or 12 or something like that."
"She deserves to be arrested. I'm glad she was arrested because then that will put the fear of God in this issue that we have with a lot of these absentee voter fraud people going out, called bolateros, bolateras in Spanish, they're going out and doing this," said Gimenez.
The State Attorney's Office said Cabrera faces several charges, including voting absentee/designate ballot of another, a third-degree felony, and two counts of having more than two election ballots. Police reportedly caught Cabrera with 31 absentee ballots in her possession. In the State of Florida, a person is only legally allowed to handle two absentee ballots.
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"I know that the community really wanted an arrest right away, so there's been questions about that," said Miami-Dade State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle, before she asked to be removed from the case.
"Unsubstantiated allegations have recently been brought to my attention that a person who has been assisting in my campaign was alleged to have been seen in the company of this defendant. I am therefore taking this action to avoid even the possibility that my pending election will cause any distraction to the prosecution of this case," Fernandez-Rundle said in a statement.
A private investigator captured video of Cabrera and Matilde Martinez going door to door in Hialeah last week, picking up absentee ballots from seniors.
The seniors told Local 10 the pair was trying to influence who the seniors would vote for.
Cabrera is accused of forging the absentee ballot of a woman suffering from Alzheimer's and a brain tumor.
"We had information that there was a disabled person who had not actually filled out the ballot and had given it to Deisy Cabrera," said Fernandez Rundle.
The woman was identified as Zulema Gomez, 81, by her sister. Zulema Gomez's sister told Local 10 that Cabrera went to Zulema's nursing home to collect the blank absentee ballot.
According to the arrest report, Cabrera filled the absentee ballot out, signed it, and added a handwritten note that said: "The lady who is my sister signed this way because she has arthritis... it's hard for her to sign."
Fernandez Rundle wouldn't say whether Cabrera was part of something bigger.
"If there's a bigger picture here and we can get our arms around it, that's what we're going to," she said.
Since the investigation began, Fernandez Rundle and Rod Vereen, her opponent in the upcoming election, have differed on who should run it.
So far, all candidates involved in the upcoming election are denying knowing Cabrera.