A nun accused of voter fraud in Hamilton County today entered a guilty plea in court. Prosecutors say Sister Marguerite Kloos was one of three people named in an indictment back in March for voting in the 2012 Presidential Election using the names of relatives or deceased Hamilton County residents or for voting more than one time using the same name.
54 year old Sister Marguerite Kloos was sentenced to a diversion program after entering her guilty plea in court on Tuesday, April 16th. Once she has completed that program, her guilty plea and conviction will be wiped from the court records.
Kloos was accused of voter fraud for voting on behalf of a fellow nun who died before her absentee ballot had been mailed out by the Board of Elections. Kloos could have been sentenced to 18 months in jail.
Prosecutors are also charging 75 year old Russell Glossop with one count of illegal voting and 58 year old Melowese Richardson with eight counts of Illegal Voting.
Kloos, Glossop and Richardson did not know each other before their indictments.
Glossop allegedly voted on behalf of his deceased wife. Prosecutors say his wife had requested an absentee ballot but she died before the Hamilton County Board of Elections mailed out the absentee ballots. Glossop is charged with returning the ballot bearing her signature.
Richardson is a long time Hamilton County Poll worker and has worked for the Board of Elections since 1998. She allegedly voted twice using her own name and then voted several other times using the names of her relatives. She could go to jail for 12 years if convicted.