Right-Wing Frauds Wohl and Burkman Indicted For Robocall Scheme

It wasn’t enough for infamously inept right-wing grifters Jacob Wohl and Jack Burkman to surrender to Michigan authorities for a robocall scheme that attempted to intimidate Democrats not to vote by mail. Now the fraudsters are in trouble for doing the same exact thing in Ohio.

Wohl and Burkman have been indicted in Cuyahoga County and face eight counts of telecommunications fraud and seven counts of bribery and a possible 18 years in prison. (Bribery in this context refers to 3599.01(A)(2) in the Ohio Revised Code: “Attempt by intimidation, coercion, or other unlawful means to induce such delegate or elector to register or refrain from registering or to vote or refrain from voting at a primary, convention, or election for a particular person, question, or issue.”)

Wohl (pictured above) and Burkman have been removed from social media sites for making bogus claims, including manufacturing sexual-assault allegations against former Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg and special counsel Robert Mueller. They also falsely claimed Elizabeth Warren had a sexual relationship with an ex-Marine male escort.

The robocalls said “If you vote by mail, your personal information will be part of a public database that will be used by police departments to track down old warrants and be used for credit card companies to collect outstanding debts. The CDC (Centers for Disease Control) is even pushing to… track people for mandatory vaccines.” Similar robocalls were made in areas with “significant minority populations” in New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, and Illinois, Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel said earlier this month. In all, the duo made more than 65,000 robocalls. Cuyahoga County prosecutors say at least 10% of those were targeted to Cleveland and East Cleveland.

Arrest warrants have been issued for both Wohl and Burkman, who are expected to appear in court at a later date. You can listen to an example of their robocall below.


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