DeSantis’ New Election Arrest Squad Arrests 20 Statewide.
BY: STAFF REPORT | BocaNewsNow.com
DELRAY BEACH, FL (BocaNewsNow.com) (Copyright © 2022 MetroDesk Media, LLC) — A Delray Beach man is among the first to be arrested as a result of Florida Governor Ron DeSantis’ new Office of Election Crimes and Security. Luis Villaran of the 5200 block of Las Verdes Circle in Delray Beach was taken into custody just before DeSantis held a news conference in Fort Lauderdale, announcing the first ‘sweep’ of people who allegedly voted illegally.
The affidavit of probable cause was still being processed for Villaran early Friday morning. It was not immediately clear which election he is accused of voting in illegally, why his vote is illegal, or whether his illegal vote was intentional or the result of an error with a state or county elections office.
Villaran is charged with “perjury, false swear oath affirm or procure,” and “fraud — election voting by an unqualified voter.” Bond was set at $500 on each charge. He posted the $1000 bond Thursday evening and was released.
Luis Villaran, 63, will be back in court on a future date for his first appearance. A quick check of public records early Friday did not yield a party registration for Villaran.
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