Alexandria man charged with voter registration fraud

Vafalay Massaquoi

Vafalay Massaquoi

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — A former Alexandria resident was arraigned Friday on charges of fabricating applications for voter registration by inventing applicants.

Vafalay Massaquoi, 30, was employed by a local advocacy group that aimed to register new voters. While working for them in the spring of 2016, police say he forged voter registration.

Massaquoi left Alexandria before police could execute a warrant to investigate him further. After a long search, he was found and arrested near Philadelphia in October. He was extradited back to Alexandria and arraigned Oct. 28.

“Given the recent public attention to claims of election fraud, I think it is important to note that there is no allegation that any illegal vote was actually cast in this case.,” stated Commonwealth’s Attorney Bryan Porter. “Furthermore, since the fraudulent applications involved fictitious people, had the fraud not been uncovered the risk of actual fraudulent votes being cast was low. However, any such offense is extremely serious and can degrade the confidence we as citizens justly have in our system of elections.”

Massaquoi has been charged with four felonies – two counts of forging a public record, and two counts of voter registration fraud. Each charge carries a potential maximum sentence of 10 years in prison.