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Prosecutors push back arraignment for Hialeah ballot broker

Prosecutors will wait to file formal charges against Sergio Robaina, the Hialeah absentee ballot broker accused of voter fraud.

The Miami-Dade State Attorney’s Office, on Monday, asked Circuit Judge Milton Hirsch for an additional few weeks as detectives continue their investigation. Robaina, 74, will now be arraigned on Oct. 1.

Robaina, the uncle of former Hialeah Mayor Julio Robaina, is facing two felony counts of voter fraud for allegedly filling out two ballots in a way that did not match the intentions of the voters.

He also faces two counts of violating a county ordinance by possessing more than two absentee ballots belonging to others.

His arrest last month came as part of a larger probe by Miami-Dade police into absentee ballot fraud. Earlier, another ballot broker, Deisy Cabrera, was also arrested after detectives caught her with a slew of absentee ballots; she is accused of filling out a ballot for an elderly, incapacitated woman.

Detectives were led to Robaina after a bundle of 164 absentee ballots were discovered in a North Miami-Dade post office, delivered by a then-aide to Miami-Dade Commissioner Esteban Bovo.

That aide, Anamary Pedrosa, told police that Robaina had asked her to deliver the envelopes to the police office.

Last week, Robaina told El Nuevo Herald that Pedrosa was the one who approached him seeking help to collect ballots. He claimed that she told him she was helping with the campaigns of Manny Díaz Jr., José Oliva, and Eddy González, who won their respective bids for the Florida House of Representatives in the Aug. 14 primary elections.