As punishment for running a voter suppression effort during the 2020 election, an Ohio judge has ordered conservative activists Jacob Wohl and Jack Burkman to work 500 hours registering low- and middle-income voters in the Washington, DC, region.
According to a court official, Wohl and Burkman were given a two-year probationary period, a $2,500 fine, were required to wear GPS ankle monitors for the first six months of their probation, and were required to stay at home every day from 8 p.m. to 8 a.m. Judge John Sutula of the Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court handed down the sentences.
The official stated that the criterion for voter registration must be fulfilled by June 2024. Authorities in Ohio accused Wohl and Burkman of orchestrating a voter suppression effort in 2020 that relied on thousands of unlawful robocalls that targeted numerous states with false election information.
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Wohl and Burkman both entered guilty pleas to one count of telecommunications fraud last month. The calls falsely warned listeners that voting by mail could result in their information being utilized for debt collection, forced vaccinations, or other penalties as part of the plan.
“These two people tried to undermine the basis of our democracy. Their punishment of two years of probation and 500 hours of community service at a voter registration drive is appropriate, according to a statement provided on Wednesday by Democrat Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Michael O’Malley.
Wohl’s attorney, Mark Wieczorek, told “We’re satisfied with the verdict and we think it’s fair given the number of charges they were indicted with.” Wohl is also “generally apologetic,” Wieczorek added. The lawyer representing Burkman has been contacted for comment.
The Federal Communications Commission sought a $5 million fine against Wohl and Burkman as a result of their campaign, which was a record-breaking amount at the time. States like New York and Michigan have also taken their legal action against the two men.
According to an earlier investigation, the person on the robocall claimed that it was sponsored by a group formed by Burkman and Wohl, who have spent years spreading falsehoods and hoaxes about Democratic leaders and Donald Trump’s detractors.
Wohl rejected claims that he or Burkman was behind the deceptive and racist calls in an interview last year, saying they only became aware of them after Burkman began receiving angry messages from people who had spotted his number on their caller ID.