By Rachel Weiner
The Washington Post

While working for the group New Virginia Majority, Vafalay Massaquoi invented voters and filed false applications with election officials.

Massaquoi, a 30-year-old former Alexandria resident, pleaded guilty on Jan. 12 to forging a public record and election fraud. He was sentenced to 500 hours of community service, along with the 90 days he has spent in jail, and a suspended sentence of five years in prison, pending good behavior.

Commonwealth’s Attorney Bryan Porter noted in a statement that because Massaquoi simply made up the names of voters, the chance that any fraudulent ballots would actually have been cast was extremely low.

However, he said, “any use of fraud, forgery or subterfuge with regards to voter registration is a very serious matter that deserves a very serious sentence — such as the one obtained in this case.”

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