ANDERSON — An Anderson man will serve 12 months on probation after pleading guilty to 30 misdemeanor counts of voter fraud stemming from allegations prior to the 2018 primary election.
Datwaon Collier, 28, 1600 block of Euclid Drive, pleaded guilty to all 30 counts on Friday in Madison Circuit Court Division 6 through a plea agreement with the Madison County Prosecutor’s office.
Circuit Court 6 Judge Mark Dudley accepted the plea agreement and sentenced Collier to one year on each misdemeanor count, to be served concurrently.
Dudley then suspended the 12-month sentence and ordered Collier to be placed on probation. He must perform 50 hours of community service.
During questioning by defense attorney Bob Crane, Collier said he had no felony convictions and only a misdemeanor from four years ago.
The only question Collier asked was if he could perform community service in another county.
Judge Dudley said that was a decision for the probation department to make.
Deputy Prosecutor Rachel James didn’t object to the request because of Collier’s limited criminal history.
According to a probable cause affidavit, the investigation was started when the Republican and Democratic parties' representatives in the voter registration office reported that 30 registrations were potentially invalid.
The officials reported the addresses and last four digits of Social Security numbers on the registrations could not be verified.
The registrations were provided by Rebecca Crumes, who was seeking the Democratic Party nomination for the District 36 seat in the Indiana House last year.
Crumes provided ISP investigator Robert May with Collier’s name. Crumes said she paid Collier $30 for gas money to drive around and collect registrations in Anderson.
When interviewed by May, Collier said Crumes registered him to vote and asked if he knew other people who needed to register.
Collier said Crumes offered him $1 for every person that he registered.
According to the affidavit, Collier said he took names from his cellular phone and started putting names on voter registration forms. The addresses on the forms were made up. He allegedly admitted to signing all the forms.
“(Collier) said we could save time in the interview because he would admit that every application was false,” the court document states.
Collier said he didn’t know he was committing a crime and apologized to Crumes after reading about the allegations in The Herald Bulletin.
At the time, Madison County Prosecutor Rodney Cummings said it appeared one person signed all the applications.
Cummings said he did an internet search of one of the addresses and it appeared to be a parking lot at the intersection of Columbus Avenue and 60th Street.
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