Illegal Immigrant Arrested For Voting In Grayslake

GRAYSLAKE, Ill. (CBS) — Immigration officials have arrested an illegal immigrant from the Philippines living in Grayslake on vote fraud charges.

As WBBM Newsradio 780’s Nancy Harty reports, Maria Azada, 53, allegedly admitted to immigration officials in February 2009 that she had voted in an election.

LISTEN: Newsradio 780’s Nancy Harty reports

An investigation began, and revealed that Azada voted nine times in primary, general and consolidated elections between 2003 and 2009, according to a release from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. According to the arrest warrant, she falsely claimed to be a U.S. citizen on two Illinois voter registration applications.

Azada now faces 17 felony counts of perjury, mutilation of election materials and tampering with voting machines in connection with illegal voting by a non-U.S. citizen, the release said.

If convicted, Azada faces up to five years in state prison on each of two perjury counts, up to three years on each of the six counts of tampering and nine counts of mutilation of election materials, the release said. She also faces deportation.

Gary Hartwig, special agent in charge of ICE Homeland Security Investigations in Chicago, says the agency will “aggressively investigate and bring to justice anyone who falsely claims to be a U.S. citizen so they can illegally vote.”

The Lake County News-Sun contributed to this report, via the Sun-Times Media Wire

  • JeanSC

    At what point in the punishment does this illegal alien get DEPORTED?

    • Who says they should decide?

      It costs tax payers roughly $20,000/year, per incarcerated individual, to spend time in prison (conservatively). A one way ticket to the Philippines? I’m not even going to bother checking but I guarantee its less then the cost of this woman’s charging, booking, bail hearing, sentencing, and heaven forbid she tries to go to trial or attempts to appeal! We’re in an economic crisis right now, arguably one of eight states left which have it the worst, and this is what our money is spent on… The city of Chicago had less than their already meager estimate of voter turn out for MAYOR. Of which the same corrupt family has been in place for all but 13 of the past 56 years. I understand there shouldn’t be illegals voting, but it’s nice to see someone who still appreciates the fundamentals of democracy. If she’s an immigrant, that must mean she didn’t want to be in the Philippines, especially considering she couldn’t wait to go the proper route in getting here. A better, more cost effective, and deterrent punishment? Deportation.

  • Dan

    Why shouldn’t she be able to vote? Illegals can get Link cards and fully paid medical care courtesy of the government and can file wage claims such as minimum wage issues or not being paid overtime with the department of labor and then file suit in federal court . They can be pulled over while driving and appear in traffic court to answer the charges with no problem. They can even pay income taxes. Why not let them vote too? Or is that where the government draws the line?

  • Wake up AMerica

    They need to check the 12th ward voters

  • Smooth

    She should not have voted HOWEVER how can punishment be so severe when guys like Stroger, Blago, Burge, Ryan get so much leaner penalites and some don’t even get prosecuted. Justice is not to be found in Illinois. Shame on you !!!!!!!

  • Name

    You know what would be funny? If she claims she didn’t know that one has to be a U.S citizen in order to vote.

  • Tired Of You Haters

    I’m sorry. I didn’t know this was the “bash anybody who’se not white” comments section.
    Yes, she’s illegal, and yes she broke the law, should be punished and will more likely be deported.

    Yet there’s a certain tone that I’ve been noticing in the CBS Chicago comments section that’s a lot more visceral n tone. I would call it disdain (at best) or just flat out hate fueled at any immigrants (legal or not).

    Don’t believe me? Next time you see an article about a person with a spanish surname, just search through the comments section and you’ll see 8 out of 10 teaparty rants on how Mexicans are taking over this country and blah, blah, blah.

    Enough is enough with the hate, ignorance and disdain!

    • bereal

      Thank you for your intelligent comment. I have noticed the same thing in the comments and it angers me.

      • bereal

        My previous comment was meant for Tired Of You Haters.

    • illegal is illegal

      Hate should go. But Ignorance? of what, I am NOT againgst hispanics(or any other race)however, When a person is in a CBS news story due to any illegal activity and it is reported that they are illegal immagrants, do not expect anything other than disdain be shown them. I am tired of people that say the mexicans are treating unfairly and unconstitutionally when they(the illegal immagrants)bring it on themselves. All of the legal mexican immigrants should feel the same way-that is if they came the legal route, why do they defend the ones that by-passed all that?

  • Just the Average Joe

    This is why any non citizen should have a different type of drivers license, and all voters should be required to provide a valid government ID. Gee, I have to show my ID to pick up the mail that was put on hold. This person should simply be deported and foget the prosecution as that will just cost us taxpayers more money.

  • GO Southside


    • M. Martinez

      It’s just that the ones from Mexico are so utterly stupid. They really drag down a neighborhood.

  • bereal

    Yes, and all Mexicans, living in this great country of ours, are not illegal!

    • M. Martinez

      Only about 10 million plus and increasing.Eventually, America will be as big a sh!thole as Mexico.

      • bereal

        Well, if I the country I lived in was a “sh!thole, I would be headed up north for a bettter life, too! Probably as an illegal because I would probably be dirt poor!

  • Bob

    There are thousands of illegal aliens voting all over the country. That’s why the politicians won’t do anything to stop them from coming in.

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