Miami-Dade Commissioner Gives Witness Statement For Absentee Ballot Fraud Investigation

Commissioner Esteban Bovo Jr. said he voluntarily talked with authorities who are investigating his ex-employee

Miami-Dade Commissioner Esteban Bovo Jr. gave the State Attorney’s Office a witness statement Thursday as it investigates his ex-employee’s alleged absentee ballot fraud.

Bovo walked into the Miami-Dade State Attorney’s Office at about 1:30 p.m. and was there for several hours.

He said he volunteered to go talk with authorities, and emphasized that he was not asked to go there.

Before the August elections, two people were arrested in Hialeah for collecting absentee ballots, which is against the law. In one of the cases, Anamary Pedrosa, who ran Bovo’s Hialeah office, dropped off about 160 absentee ballots at a post office, The Miami Herald previously reported.

As a result, prosecutors formed a task force to look into absentee ballot voter fraud.

Bovo said that he gave “a sworn statement about the investigation concerning an ex-employee of my office allegedly conducting prohibited campaign activities.”

“As I have consistently stated, neither I nor any other member of my office had any prior knowledge of what this ex-employee may have been doing in reference to participating in any election activity,” the commissioner said in a statement. “I have never been the target of this investigation and I have cooperated fully with the State Attorney’s Office and provided them all relevant information.”

After leaving the State Attorney’s Office Bovo went to County Hall, where a budget meeting was taking place.

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