A Las Vegas business executive faces two electoral fraud charges related to the 2020 election, the attorney general’s office said Thursday.
Donald Kirk Hartle, 55, is accused of voting more than once in the same election and of voting using someone else’s name.
“Election fraud is rare, but when it does occur it undermines confidence in our electoral system and will not be tolerated by my office,” Attorney General Aaron Ford said in a statement. “I want to stress that our office will prosecute any credible allegations of electoral fraud and endeavor to bring any violators to justice.”
Both counts carry a prison sentence of up to four years and a fine of up to $ 5,000.
Hartle, the chief financial officer of the Ahern family of companies, is accused of voting under the name of his late wife, Rosemarie Hartle, who died in 2017.
An attorney for the Ahern family of companies could not be reached immediately for comment.
The state began investigating an allegation that a vote was cast on Rosemarie Hartle’s behalf last year. The case of his vote was highlighted by the Nevada Republican Party at the time.
“Kirk was surprised to find that his late wife Rosemarie Hartle, a Republican, voted in this year’s election after she died in 17 ‘,” the party tweeted.
The handwriting on Rosemarie Hartle’s ballot matched what Clark County had recorded, a county spokesperson told the Las Vegas Review-Journal last year.
This is a developing story. Check back for updates.