Hamilton County voter fraud cases may be headed for plea agreements

CINCINNATI - Another of the three persons charged with voter fraud in Hamilton County could be headed for a plea agreement, 9 On Your Side's Tom McKee reported Wednesday.

Melowese Richardson voted twice in the 2012 presidential election and may have cast ballots for seven others, according to a grand jury indictment. The Madisonville poll worker was in Judge Robert Ruehlmann's courtroom Wednesday for a plea or trial setting hearing.

After the attorneys met behind closed doors,  they asked Ruehlman to set another plea or trial setting hearing for May 9, indicating an agreement may be in the works.

Sister Marguerite Kloos, a former dean at the College of Mount St. Joseph, pleaded guilty to voter fraud on Tuesday and was accepted into a diversion program. The judge said her record would be expunged if she completes the program. 

Kloos admitted forging her roommate's signature and submitting an absentee ballot after her roommate died, according to the prosecutor's office. Kloos resigned as Dean of the Division of Arts and Humanities at Mount St. Joseph after being charged.

Russell Glassop faces one charge of illegal voting. Glassop is accused of submitting his wife's absentee ballot after she passed away. His case is scheduled for a plea or trial hearing on May 14, and he might end up in diversion, too, McKee reported.

The Hamilton County Board of Elections is investigating 45 new cases of potential voter fraud involving residents who used U.S. post office branches when registering to vote in last November's election.

"Elections are a serious business and the foundation of our democracy," Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph Deters said in a news release when the charges were announced. "In the scheme of things, individual votes may not seem important but this could not be further from the truth.  Every vote is important and every voter and candidate needs to have faith in our system."

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