Conservative Conspiracists Jacob Wohl and Jackman Burkman were charged for organizing robocalls to prevent voters from voting in the 2020 presidential election on Thursday.
Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel disclosed that the charges are intimidating voters and conspiracy to violate election law and the men are facing four felony counts. They could face at least 12 years in prison and thousands of dollars in fines when they’re convicted.
Wohl and Burkman were targeting minority voters and that they told them that voter information will be collected in a database to find police warrants and credit card debts to threaten them from voting. 85 thousand calls were made across the five states.
According to Attorney General Nessel’s news release, the calls occurred mostly in Detroit, but they also transpired in New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Illinois.
“We’re all well aware of the frustrations caused by the millions of nuisance robocalls flooding our cell phones and landlines each day, but this particular message poses grave consequences for our democracy and the principles upon which it was built,” said Nessel. “Michigan voters are entitled to a full, free, and fair election in November and my office will not hesitate to pursue those who jeopardize that.”
Wohl and Burkman have also been involved in illegal practices in the past. They have a history of creating smear campaigns of Democratic officials. They falsified sexual assault allegations against former Democratic candidate Pete Buttigieg, White House coronavirus task force member Anthony Fauci and former special counsel Robert Mueller.
Based on an interview with CNN in August, Wohl and Burkman have denied responsibility for the calls and claimed that they learned about them from receiving angry calls and messages from people who claim to see their names on caller ID. They are not in custody and there is no date has been arranged for their arrest.