Grand jury indicts Paterson councilmen Alex Mendez, Michael Jackson on election fraud offenses | Paterson Times

Grand jury indicts Paterson councilmen Alex Mendez, Michael Jackson on election fraud offenses


A state grand jury has indicted two sitting council members for election fraud and other offenses stemming from the May 12, 2020 municipal elections, announced New Jersey Attorney general Gurbir Grewal on Wednesday afternoon.

Alex Mendez, 45, and Michael Jackson, 49, were each indicted on election fraud, fraud in casting mail-in vote, unauthorized possession of ballots, tampering with public records or information, and falsifying or tampering with records.

Mendez is also charged with false registration or transfer and attempted false registration or transfer. Both men were charged by complaint-summons in June 2020.

Mendez (left) Jackson (right) have denied the charges.

The Attorney General’s Office of Public Integrity & Accountability opened an investigation after the U.S. Postal Inspection Service alerted them that hundreds of mail-in ballots were found in a mailbox in Haledon. Hundreds more mail-in ballots were found in a mailbox in Paterson in the all vote-by-mail election.

“These indictments are an important step in our prosecution of these two sitting city councilmen on charges including second-degree election fraud,” said Grewal. “As we have seen all too clearly in recent months, public confidence in our democratic process is critical. If anyone tampers with an election in New Jersey and threatens that process, we will hold them accountable.”

Jackson could face a maximum of more than 26 years in state prison if convicted; Mendez could face a maximum of more than 36 years in prison if convicted.

Besides Jackson and Mendez, two members of councilman Shahin Khalique’s campaign, including his brother, Shelim Khalique, were charged for allegedly committing similar election offenses.

“New Jersey’s criminal code includes various indictable offenses related to election fraud and, in particular, fraud involving mail-in ballots,” said Thomas Eicher, director of the Attorney General’s Office of Public Integrity & Accountability. “With these indictments, we’re using those laws for their intended purpose— defending free and fair elections by prosecuting those accused of seeking to undermine them.”

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  • TK Kirkland

    Bravo! Best news yet this year from Paterson!
    Hopefully they’ll be found guilty and slapped with the MAX!

  • bigron

    When is Andre Sayegh getting indicted?

    • WakeUpPaterson

      He will not get indicted because he is supported by the Democratic Party of NJ Attorney Grewal was appointed by a Democrat Governor Murphy. They will never indict their own unless he stops dancing to their tune. He is still dancing to their tune so he is safe for now

      • http://www.facebook.com/animalabusewar Animal Abuse War

        then it is our duty to,if necessary,citizens arrest every last one,try,convict,imprison. and if the judges want to go against our constitution,same for them.All these anti American scum have the choice to leave this country if they don't like it.yet they stay where they hate and try to destroy it.But people are fed up and not going to tolerate this much longer. arrests happening for fraud and other crimes, all over, and wait until the high up officials,many child sex abusers and other criminals start getting exposed. like I said, they should have left if they hate this country so much.

      • jimhalfwit

        Sounds like a turf war among Democrats. There are no Republicans.

  • Plumber

    About time

  • J. Brown.

    Now remove them from office.

  • hopey change

    Waiting for everyone to realize that Murphy is also responsible for thousands of nursing home deaths just like Cuomo. I won't hold my breath in this corrupt, one-party state.

  • hopey change

    This type of "cheat by mail" system is exactly what the democrats want to see implemented with Nancy Pelosi's HR1 bill.
    Democrat believe you shouldn't stop counting ballots until the democrat wins. If you ain't cheatin' you ain't tryin'!

  • John

    This is what happens when you go against the money. This mayor along with florii are pay to play. These two council members didn't participate. Look what happened to Trump.

  • John

    But this is what Democrats do. How about the general election?

  • roner

    No evidence!!

  • 301

    No Moonwalk just a Perp Walk for Michael this time.

    • No Ethics

      Good one! This Mike Jackson is the "King" of NOT!
      I guess it now makes sense why his "restaurant" was once called "On the Job Sports Cafe."

      He was "on the job" for corruption. He claimed that he played in the Canadian Football League, yet he never appeared on the league's all-time roster. Practice Squad don't count chump! Good thing he has a "restaurant" mainly owned by those clowns that own Center $hitty Mall. Still trying to get that wack A$$ arena. #Jackson_Shill.

      Since his wack A$$ "restaurant," Jackson-Shill, is across the street from the jail, he can keep a watchful eye on his long-time failing business.

      Let me guess Jackson-Shill…."THEY" are "Jewing YOU down?"

  • CHAZ

    It's New Jersey….nothing to see here…Right Bob, Cory, Phil?….I forgot Kris Krispy..

  • Trayvon-Soetoro

    The democrat is a diseased feral animal. The obsession and lust of the democrat is for death … death any way it can get it. Mass murder, pandemic death, shootings, rioting, execution of LEOs are celebrated by the democrat. But there is a special fondness and hunger in the democrat for the torture, mutilation and murder of young babies. These are very sick and evil creatures.

  • jgilman1

    No way! How is this possible when vote fraud doesn't exist really?

  • Kimbell

    These guys should go to Federal Prison, But I'm Not holding my Breath, Democrats have a way getting Court Cases Dismissed !!!!

  • Surfndestiny

    Sounds like Paterson is a typical overtaxed, corrupt, democrat run cesspool…..

    But i guess some people like it that way…..Lol!….

  • https://sites.google.com/view/htos1av Htos1av

    Wake me when we see twitching, peeing bodies dangling from military nooses….

  • Iso Opto

    Low level no bodies charged to keep the lid in the massive nationwide fraudulent voting. A total farce.

  • Chino Vargas

    YEAAAHH make us proud and recognize nationwide as the must currupted city in America