April 17, 2012
Feda Morton, who ran for the Republican nomination for the Fifth District congressional seat in 2010, has been charged with election fraud, according to the Virginia State Police.
The incident reportedly happened in August 2011 and involves making a false statement on an election form. At that time, local candidates in Fluvanna County were trying to gain support for the November elections.
Morton, 59, of Scottsville, was arrested last month on the felony charge. The investigation was initiated in January at the request of a special prosecutor, the Greene County Commonwealth's Attorney and the Virginia State Police.
State police would not release information on what led to the investigation or how the alleged election fraud was committed.
Election fraud is considered a Class 5 felony and carries a punishment of up to ten years in prison and/or a fine of up to $2,500.
Morton, who works as a school teacher in Fluvanna, lost the Republican nomination to Robert Hurt, who went on to win the congressional seat from incumbent Tom Perriello, a Democrat.