Plea deal reached in absentee ballot fraud case

Deisy Cabrera to serve 1 year probation

MIAMI - A Hialeah woman accused of absentee ballot fraud will serve one year of probation as part of a plea deal.

Deisy Cabrera on Tuesday pleaded no contest to two misdemeanor counts of violating a county ordinance that makes it illegal for anyone to possess more than two ballots belonging to other voters.

An additional felony charge was dropped. While on probation, she cannot participate in politics.

Police say Cabrera illegally collected at least 31 absentee ballots for last year's Aug. 14 primary election. She allegedly even filled out a ballot for an elderly woman who was unresponsive with a brain tumor in a nursing home.

Prosecutors say they had handwritten notebooks detailing hundreds of impaired voters and four years worth of payments from candidates. Investigators found a ballot Cabrera allegedly filled out for an elderly, unconscious resident at a nursing home.

"The alleged victim in that case, an elderly woman who had been in a nursing home, passed away in October 2012 and we weren't able to proceed with that particular charge," said prosecutor David Schulson.

Her lawyer read a statement in court saying Cabrera had unfairly maligned in the media while political players behind voter fraud escaped punishment.

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