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Private eye who blew open Hialeah absentee-ballot fraud case had been there before

The private investigator who broke open the Hialeah absentee-ballot case that has vexed Miami-Dade’s two highest-profile elections is so paranoid, he won’t part with his keys because someone might break into his car and steal his computer.

“My computers have been hacked. You know theywant to get into my car. They might be listening to my phone calls and they have my GPS,” said an animated Jose “Joe” Carrillo. “Ever since that day, my life has been hell.”

Who would have enough interest to spy on him? “I don’t know.”

What is known is that since Carrillo informed Miami-Dade Police in mid-July about the actions of a Hialeah woman he was hired to follow, the county’s mayor and state attorney have been fending off questions about improper absentee-ballot collections, political operatives have been fired, and a 56-year-old woman known as aboletera has been charged with ballot fraud.

In short, what had been a relatively calm election cycle with somewhat intriguing mayoral and state attorney races has spun into a telenovela filled with intrigue playing out in Hialeah, a city that has long been recognized as the Rubik’s Cube of politics. The election for mayor, state attorney, and several other local and state posts is Tuesday. More from Charles Rabin here.