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Accused Hialeah ballot broker accepts probation


Hialeah absentee ballot broker Deisy Cabrera, accused of voter fraud in an investigation that roiled Miami-Dade politics last year, will serve one-year probation as part of a plea deal.

Police said Cabrera illegally collected at least 31 absentee ballots for the Aug. 14 primary election and filled out a ballot for an elderly woman who was unresponsive with a brain tumor in a Miami Springs nursing home.

Cabrera was arrested after a private eye, Joe Carrillo, in July 2012 learned that Cabrera was handing out business cards to voters around Hialeah offering to pick up their ballots. Carrillo said he tipped off Miami-Dade police detectives, who then followed Cabrera as she collected ballots from several apartment buildings.

Under a Miami-Dade County ordinance, no one may possess more than two absentee ballots of voters. Following Carrillo’s tip, Miami-Dade detectives stopped Cabrera on July 25 and found her with 12 ballots.

Cabrera was charged with absentee-ballot fraud, a third-degree felony, and two misdemeanor counts of violating a county ordinance that makes it illegal for anyone to possess more than two ballots belonging to other voters.

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