Above: Officer Deon Joseph said petition signature scams pop up periodically on skid row, where he is the LAPD's senior lead officer. (Maria Alejandra Cardona / Los Angeles Times)
From: The Los Angeles Times
By: Gale Holland
A dollar goes a long way on skid row, Los Angeles Police Capt. Marc Reina said.
So investigators were not completely surprised to find homeless people there taking $1, food or cigarettes to forge signatures of registered voters on petitions to qualify initiatives for the ballot, police said.
Now, an LAPD crackdown this year on suspected election fraud on skid row has yielded eight felony arrests, including three last week, booking records show.
Arrests in May were bumped down to misdemeanor violations. The district attorney is still deciding how to charge the recent cases.