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Florida man arrested for changing Gov. Ron DeSantis' voter registration

Published: Oct. 28, 2020 at 12:31 PM EDT
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NAPLES, Fla. (WCJB) - A man is behind bars after he made a fraudulent request with the Florida voting registration database to have Gov. Ron DeSantis' voter registration address changed.

Agents with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement arrested Anthony Steven Guevara on charges of unauthorized access of a computer and altering a voter registration without consent.

According to the FDLE, agents started the investigation after DeSantis went to early vote on Monday and was told his address had changed to one in West Palm Beach in the database. According to Gubernatorial Communications Director Fred Piccolo, DeSantis provided identification and was allowed to early vote. The Department of Law Enforcement was notified and traced the activity now being described as identity theft to the 20-year-old Naples man.

Agents were able to identify Guevara as the suspect and arrested him at his home with help from the Collier County Sheriff’s Office.

“I am proud of the quick and detailed work of our agents on this case and appreciate the hard work of the offices of State Attorneys Amira Fox and Jack Campbell," FDLE Commissioner Rick Swearingen said in a press release. "FDLE is committed to ensuring the voting rights of Florida citizens are protected, and we will continue to work with our local, state and federal partners in ensuring the security of our elections.”

Investigators say they believe Guevara accessed Sen. Rick Scott, Michael Jordan and LeBron James' voter registrations as well. However, no changes were made to those voter registrations.

Guevara was booked into the Collier County Jail on a $5,000 bond.

Under Florida law anyone can change their address online by providing your date of birth. Piccolo says he expects the legislature to look at that provision of law this coming session. The Department of Law enforcement declined to be interviewed, saying the case is still under investigation.

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