Madisonville nun admits to voter fraud

CINCINNATI - Sister Marge Kloos admitted to voter fraud in court Tuesday.

Kloos was accepted into a diversion program after pleading guilty to charges and the judge said her record will be expunged if she completes the program.

Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters sent a letter to Board of Elections director Tim Burke in February saying there was probable cause to believe criminal activity had occurred in the case of deceased voter Sister Rose Marie Hewitt.

Sisters of Charity confirm that Hewitt died on Oct. 4 of last year.

Board of Elections documents obtained in an open records request indicate Hewitt applied for an absentee ballot on Sept. 11, but it wasn't received by the board until after she died.

Hamilton County property records show Hewitt lived in a house on Neeb Road in Delhi Township. She shared a residence with Kloos, dean of arts at the College of Mount Saint Joseph.

Prosecutor Joe Deters says Kloos is being investigated as the person who sent in Hewitt's ballot.

The matter wasn't discovered until a report was received from Ohio Secretary of State John Husted saying that Hewitt's ballot was accepted after she died.

To view a copy of Deters' letter visit http://media2.wcpo.com/pdfs/DetersLetter.pdf .

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