Michigan AG charges right-wing operatives Jacob Wohl and Jack Burkman with felonies over voter suppression scheme

Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel filed charges Thursday against Jack Burkman and Jacob Wohl for sending out robocalls aimed at deterring Detroit residents from voting by mail.

Burkman, 54, and Wohl, 22, were each charged with one of intimidating voters which is a five-year felony; according to the state attorney general’s website.

They were also charged with one count of using a computer to commit the crime of election law – intimidating voters, which is a seven-year felony; and finally, using a computer to commit the crime of conspiracy, a seven-year felony.

The charges were filed in the 36th District Court in Detroit and the arraignment is currently pending.

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“It’s too early to say if formal extradition will be necessary or if they will present themselves here voluntarily in the very near future,” the AG’s statement read.

Nessel, a Democrat, said the robocalls would falsely tell “people that mail-in voting, in particular, will allow personal information to become part of a special database used by police to track down old warrants and by credit card companies to collect outstanding debts. The caller also deceptively claims the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will use the information to track people for mandatory vaccines.”

The calls were allegedly made in late August and went out to nearly 12,000 residents.

This isn’t the first time Wohl and Berkman have made headlines. In 2019, they faced accusations of orchestrating false claims of sexual assault against Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg — which they denied.

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Fox News’ Alex Pappas contributed to this report

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