State’s Attorney files charges against five individuals alleging voter fraud
DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert Berlin announced today that his office has filed charges against five individuals accused of various charges related to election fraud in the 2020 general election. The charges are the result of investigations conducted by the State’s Attorney’s Office into thirty-two cases of alleged election fraud. While most of those cases have been closed without charges, several remain under investigation.
“I would like to thank County Clerk Jean Kaczmarek and her office for their fine work in uncovering these alleged violations and bringing them to our attention,” Berlin said. “The charges filed today are the direct result of the cooperation and professionalism displayed by the Clerk’s Office throughout the entire investigation.”
This morning, Judge Michael Fleming issued a $1,000 with 10% to apply arrest warrant for each of the following defendants.
- Adam P. Butler, 51 years-old of Lisle. Charged with one Count of Forgery and one count of Perjury in Election Code. Both charges are a Class 3 Felony.
- Thomas E. Wojciechowski, 73 years-old of Carol Stream. Charged with one count of Perjury in Election Code, a Class 3 Felony.
- Colleen A. Kirchoff, 60 years-old of Naperville. Charged with Forgery and Perjury in Election Code. Both Charges are a Class 3 Felony.
- Darrick Kent, 43 years-old of Austin, Texas. Charged with one count of Perjury in Election Code, a Class 3 Felony.
- Amy Kent, 41 years-old of Austin, Texas. Charged with one count of Perjury in Election Code, a Class 3 Felony.
The investigations and subsequent charges are the result of in-depth training and coordinated efforts between the State’s Attorney’s Office and DuPage County Clerk’s Office. Of the five cases, three (Butler, Wojciechowski and Kirchoff) allege that the defendant attempted to cast a ballot for someone other than themself. The other two cases (Derrick and Amy Kent) allege that the defendant claimed that they had lived at a DuPage County address for thirty days or more prior to the election when in fact they had not.
“The very foundation of our country is built upon fair and free elections,” Berlin continued. “Elections are a sacred duty and while the five defendants charged today represent an infinitesimal percentage of the 491,067 votes cast in the 2020 general election, it is important that anyone suspected of attempting to interfere in any way in the election process be investigated and charged where appropriate. In addition to the Clerk’s Office, I would also like to thank Deputy Chief Investigator Dave Zdan, Investigators Greg Klebba, John McAnally, and Nick Liberio as well as Assistant State’s Attorney Katharine Klosowski for their efforts which have gone a long way in protecting the integrity of the election process.”
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