11/22/2004

Another person charged in vote-buying probe

Charleston Daily Mail

man indicted earlier now faces additional charges

Friday November 19, 2004

A state Division of Highways worker accused of buying votes in the May primary election faces new charges, and a second person has been indicted in the federal investigation of election fraud in southern West Virginia.

Jackie David Adkins, 35, of Harts was charged with conspiracy to buy votes in a superseding indictment handed up Wednesday by a federal grand jury in Huntington. Adkins, a DOH employee who was indicted in August on charges of bribing four voters, also was accused of bribing six other voters.

Wandell 'Rocky' Adkins, 49, of Ferrellsburg, was charged with conspiracy to buy votes and eight counts of vote buying.

The two men are not related, federal prosecutors said.

Both men are accused of paying 10 Lincoln County residents $20 each to vote for a slate of candidates in the May 11 primary. The slate did not identify who paid for it, which is a violation of state election law. U.S. Attorney Kasey Warner's office did not identify the candidates on the slate."

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