Pair Plead to Voter Fraud Scheme on Skid Row


A man and a woman pleaded guilty today for their role in a scheme where money and cigarettes were offered to homeless people on Skid Row in exchange for false and forged signatures on ballot petitions and voter registration forms, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced.

Harold Bennett (dob 4/17/65) entered his plea to one felony count each of circulating an initiative or petition containing false, forged or fictitious names, and registering a fictitious person. He was immediately sentenced to a suspended sentence of 16 months in state prison and placed on formal probation for three years.

Co-defendant Rose Sweeney (dob 12/11/75) pleaded guilty to two felony counts of circulating an initiative or petition containing false, forged or fictitious names. She was placed on formal probation for three years.

A suspended sentence may be imposed if a defendant violates the terms of his/her probation.

Deputy District Attorney Marian Thompson of the Public Integrity Division is p