7/26/08

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A former temporary worker for the national community action group ACORN recently questioned by Dauphin County (PA) investigators about bogus voter registration forms is now a wanted man.

Luis R. Torres-Serrano, 37, of the 200 block of South 15th Street, is accused by authorities of submitting more than 100 fraudulent voter registration forms he collected on behalf of the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now to county election officials.

"We're actively looking for Torres-Serrano," said John Goshert, chief of the Dauphin County detective bureau on Wednesday. "We're offering up to $2,000 for information on his whereabouts."

Dauphin County elections head Steven G. Chiavetta alerted county investigators to the suspected bogus voter registration forms late last month. In some cases, his office was contacted by people who received a new voter registration card and said they never filled out a form, Chiavetta said.

Chiavetta then forwarded his concerns about the forms submitted by Torres-Serrano to the Pennsylvania Department of State's elections bureau, which alerted voter registration offices statewide.

Torres-Serrano is charged with 19 counts of perjury, making false statements, forgery and identity theft in connection with the voter registration forms, authorities said.

Forgery, a second-degree felony, carries a possible maximum 10-year sentence and perjury has a possible 7-year sentence. Identity theft is punishable with five years, and making false statements carries a 2-year penalty.

ACORN spokesman Charles Jackson said that as soon as the group learned of the suspicious forms, Torres-Serrano was fired. ACORN fully cooperated with county investigators, he said.

"We're hoping that he's prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law," Jackson said.

(pennlive.com)

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