Bradenton woman charged with voting fraud

jdeleon@bradenton.comDecember 5, 2013 


MANATEE -- A Bradenton woman already facing charges she took more than $17,000 from her employer, is now also charged with voter fraud, according to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.

Annique Newton was arrested Monday and charged with submitting a false voter's registration application and casting a ballot as an unauthorized voter, according to an arrest report.

Newton was arrested in July and charged with scheming to defraud Cactus Sky Communications, a small Bradenton marketing firm, after detectives say she helped herself to more than $17,000.

Newton was convicted of embezzling more than $400,000 from her previous employer, making her a convicted felon. Her civil rights, including her right to vote, have not been restored.

On Nov. 6, 2012, detectives from the FDLE say Newton went to the Tuscany Lakes voting precinct in Ellenton, submitted a voter application and then a provisional ballot for the general election.

The Florida Department of State Division of Elections filed a complaint July 24 alleging Newton was unqualified to vote, according to the report.

FDLE detectives interviewed Newton at her residence in the 12100 block of Warwick Circle in Parrish, where she reportedly admitted to having submitted the application and ballot.

"Newton claimed that she knew at the time that she was a convicted felon but believed her rights were restored, specifically her right to vote, had been 'automatically restored' at the completion of her incarceration for the unrelated offense that had resulted in her felony conviction," the report states.

Newton was released from Manatee County jail on $1,500 bond Monday. Her next scheduled court appearance is Dec. 20.

In the unrelated scheming to defraud charges, Newton is scheduled to go on trial Jan. 6.

Jessica De Leon, law enforcement reporter, can be reached at 941-745-7049. You can follow her on Twitter@JDeLeon1012.

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