Florida Villages Retirement Community Fourth Resident Arrested for Election Fraud


A fourth resident of Florida’s retirement community The Villages has been charged with voter fraud, weeks after three others were charged with voting more than once in the 2020 election.

Charles Barnes, 64, was released on $ 2,000 bail Tuesday after being taken into custody by the Sumner County Sheriff’s Office, jail records show. He also faces a count of more than one ballot in an election.

Voter registration records show Barnes was not affiliated with any political party in Florida at the time of the 2020 presidential election and he faces up to five years in prison if convicted, according to WKMG.

Charles Barnes is the latest resident of The Villages to face voter fraud charges.

VILLAGES ACCUSED OF ELECTORAL FRAUD IN THE 2020 ELECTIONS

In December, Jay Ketcik, 63, Joan Halstead, 71, and John Rider, 61, were arrested in connection with the ongoing investigation.

Halstead is accused of voting in person in Florida and by mail in New York in the 2020 election, according to an arrest report.

John Rider, Jay Ketcik and Joan Halsted (Sumter County and Brevard County Sheriff's Offices)

John Rider, Jay Ketcik and Joan Halsted (Sumter County and Brevard County Sheriff’s Offices)

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All three are said to have pleaded not guilty.

Ketcik and Halstead are registered Republicans, according to online archives. The rider has no party affiliation.

Emma Colton of Fox News and Associated Press contributed to this report.


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