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Muscatine woman enters guilty plea to reduced charge in voter fraud case

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DES MOINES, Iowa — A Muscatine woman has entered a guilty plea to an aggravated misdemeanor charge of fraudulent practices after she was charged in the voter fraud investigation launched by Iowa Secretary of State Matt Schultz.

Mayra Alejandra Lopez Morales was initially charged in December with a felony election misconduct count which carried a maximum sentence of five years in prison. She was sentenced to two years unsupervised probation and a $750 civil penalty for the reduced charge for which she entered a plea on July 24.

The charge was filed by the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation agent hired as part of Schultz's investigation launched in 2012.

Lopez Morales, who is 22, was convicted of registering to vote and voting in the 2012 general election without U.S. citizenship.

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