LOS ANGELES - A man who was indicted along with eight other people in connection with a scheme in which homeless people on Skid Row were offered money and cigarettes in exchange for false and forged signatures on ballot petitions and voter registration forms was sentenced today to a year in county jail and three years probation.
Kirkland Washington, 40, was immediately sentenced following his no contest plea to three criminal charges, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office.
He is set to surrender April 30 to begin serving his jail term. Washington was among nine people indicted in June 2019. According to prosecutors, the defendants engaged in the solicitation of hundreds of false and/or forged signatures on state ballot petitions and voter registration forms by offering homeless people $1 and/or cigarettes for their participation during the 2016 and 2018 election cycles.
Co-defendants Richard Howard, 65, Louis Thomas Wise, 38, Christopher Joseph Williams, 41, Nickey Demelvin Huntley, 46, Norman Hall, 63, Harold Bennett, 55, and Rose Sweeney, 45, pleaded no contest or guilty at earlier court hearings.
The remaining defendant, Jakari Fati Mardis, 37, is still at large, according to the District Attorney's Office.
The case stemmed from an investigation by the Los Angeles Police Department and the FBI's Los Angeles Field Office.