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Wednesday, August 28, 2013

St. Louis County Election Fraud: Three Charged, Andrew Schafer Facing Forgery Allegations

Posted By on Wed, Aug 28, 2013 at 1:04 PM

click to enlarge Andrew Schafer.
  • Andrew Schafer.

Three St. Louis county residents allegedly committed some sort of voter fraud in spring municipal elections involving absentee ballots -- but the extent of the offenses remains unknown.

St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney's Office this week charged Jerrell Sherod, 30, and Rachelle Oliver, 53, each with a count of a "class one election offense." Andrew Schafer, 31, is facing two counts of that same charge -- along with two counts of forgery.

Rita Heard Days, director of elections for the county, tells Daily RFT that "some things just didn't look right regarding the absentee ballots. That's always a major concern."

She says that Gary Fuhr, the Republican elections director, launched the investigation, and eventually county police became involved.

Days says the charges relate to the April municipal election, but she doesn't have any more information to offer at this time.

A county police spokesman tells Daily RFT that he believes the three were working together.

Part of the charges, police say, relate to falsified occupancy permit records.

Here are the two other mugs:

click to enlarge Jerell Sherod, left, and Rachelle Oliver.
  • Jerell Sherod, left, and Rachelle Oliver.

Here's a short summary from county police.

On Tuesday, August 27, 2013, the St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney's Office issued warrants on Jerrell Sherod, 30 years of age, of the 2500 block of Burchard, St. Louis, Missouri, 63136, for one count of a Class One Election Offense; Rachelle Oliver, 53 years of age, of the 11900 block of Larimore, St. Louis, Missouri, 63138, for one count of a Class One Election Offense and Andrew Schafer, 31 years of age, of the 5700 block of Jennings Station Road, St. Louis, Missouri, 63136, for two counts of a Class One Election Offense and two counts of Forgery.

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