Michigan employee of ACORN faces felony charges
October 15, 2008
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Attorney General Michael Cox has charged Antonio Johnson, a 23 year-old from Jackson, Michigan, with six counts of forgery of a public document. Antonio Johnson is a former employee of ACORN. This is the first Michigan ACORN employee to be charged with forgery.
Johnson is accused of filling out, signing and submitting six applications using the names of two Jackson residents without their permission or knowledge between May 20 and June 2, said John Sellek, a spokesman for the attorney general. Jackson City Clerk Lynn Fessel became suspicious of the forms because the apparent applicants already were registered and the information on the new applications did not match the information on file, said John Sellek, a spokesman for the attorney general. Fessel asked city police in July to investigate. When interviewed, the victims suggested police speak to Johnson, who later admitted to the crimes. Each felony count carries a penalty of up to 14 years in prison. Sellek said Johnson's alleged actions concerned Cox because they are "directly damaging to the integrity of our election system."
Background on Offender
Antonio Johnson was paroled in January after serving time in prison for multiple drunken driving offenses, but violated his parole last summer. He has also been convicted of drug crimes.