D.A. Toney Announces That Voter Accused Of Fraud Receives Sentence In FDL County
Fond du Lac County District Attorney Eric J. Toney announced Thursday (7/21/2022) that Lawrence K. Klug was convicted of Misdemeanor “Election Fraud – Falsify Voter Registration” in a Fond du Lac County Court.
Klug had also been charged with one count of Felony “Election Fraud – Providing False Information to Election Official” but that charge was dismissed and read into the court record for the court to consider at sentencing.
The conviction stems from Klug illegally voting in Fond du Lac County in the November 2020 election, while Klug was residing outside of Fond du Lac County.
District Attorney Toney said Klug was sentenced to a $500 fine and court costs.
In a statement, District Attorney Toney stated: “Elections are the cornerstone of our democracy and this is an important step in protecting the integrity of our electoral process.
“This defendant illegally voted in Fond du Lac County, while living outside of Fond du Lac County. This allowed him to vote in legislative races and a congressional race in which the defendant was not legally allowed to vote in.
“We want to encourage people to exercise their right to vote but they must do so where they actually live, especially when local elections can be decided by slim margins.
“The defendant previously registered to vote using a PO Box address but did not list “PO Box” on the registration form, leading the clerk to believe the address would have been a valid residential address.”
The maximum possible penalty was up to 6 months in jail and/or a fine up to $1,000.
The case was investigated by the City of Fond du Lac Police Department and prosecuted by District Attorney Eric Toney.