Tuesday, April 23, 2024

Scott Taylor ex-staffer sentenced after pleading guilty to election fraud

Another former staffer of Scott Taylor’s 2018 re-election campaign pleaded guilty Thursday to election fraud.

She was initially charged with two counts of election fraud.

Roberta Marciano was in court Thursday.

She worked on the re-election campaign for Republican Scott Taylor in the 2nd Congressional District, which covers Accomack and Northampton counties, portions of York County, and the cities of Virginia Beach and Williamsburg and parts of the cities of Norfolk and Hampton.

In court, 24-year-old Marciano confessed that she falsified campaign documents put former third-party candidate Shaun Brown on the ballot in the November 2018 election. She was given a one-year suspended sentence and $1,000 fine.

Another former campaign staffer, Lauren Peabody, pleaded guilty earlier this year to woeful neglect of election duties, a misdemeanor. She was given a suspended sentence of 12 months and a $1,000 fine.

Taylor has maintained that he was never involved in any wrongdoing. He is running again for his former congressional seat.

Taylor served one term before being defeated by Democrat Elaine Luria.

Both Taylor and Luria have military background that are considered vital for running in a region that is home to the world’s biggest Navy base – Naval Station Norfolk.

Luria is a former Navy commander. Taylor is a former Navy SEAL.

John Mangalonzo
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John Mangalonzo (john@localdailymedia.com) is the managing editor of Local Voice Media’s Virginia papers – WYDaily (Williamsburg), Southside Daily (Virginia Beach) and HNNDaily (Hampton-Newport News). Before coming to Local Voice, John was the senior content editor of The Bellingham Herald, a McClatchy newspaper in Washington state. Previously, he served as city editor/content strategist for USA Today Network newsrooms in St. George and Cedar City, Utah. John started his professional journalism career shortly after graduating from Lyceum of The Philippines University in 1990. As a rookie reporter for a national newspaper in Manila that year, John was assigned to cover four of the most dangerous cities in Metro Manila. Later that year, John was transferred to cover the Philippine National Police and Armed Forces of the Philippines. He spent the latter part of 1990 to early 1992 embedded with troopers in the southern Philippines as they fought with communist rebels and Muslim extremists. His U.S. journalism career includes reporting and editing stints for newspapers and other media outlets in New York City, California, Texas, Iowa, Utah, Colorado and Washington state.

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