Attorney General Laxalt Announces Grand Jury Indictment for Fraudulent Voter Petition Scheme

December 15, 2016

Las Vegas, NV – Today, Nevada Attorney General Adam Paul Laxalt announced that Renaldo Johnson, 55, of Las Vegas, was indicted by a Clark County Grand Jury on 15 felony charges, including six counts of Misconduct in Signing, Filing or Altering Petition, a category “D” felony; six counts of Obtaining and Using Personal Identifying Information of Another, a category “B” felony; and three counts of Perjury, a category “D” felony. Johnson falsified the signatures of individuals on petitions to qualify the Nevada Green Party for general election ballot access in 2016, and then submitted those falsified petitions to be filed. While submitting those petitions, Johnson swore under penalty of perjury that the signatures were legitimate.

    “Protecting the integrity of the elections process from voter fraud and ensuring that the will of Nevadans is heard remains a priority for my office and this state,” said Laxalt. “We will continue to partner with the Secretary of State’s Office to investigate and prosecute those seeking to undermine the electoral process.”

      An indictment is merely a charging document; every defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty in a court of law.

        A warrant was issued for Johnson’s arrest based on the Grand Jury’s findings. This case was investigated by the Nevada Secretary of State’s Office after being referred by the Clark County Elections Department. The case was prosecuted by Senior Deputy Attorney General Daniel Westmeyer and Chief Deputy Attorney General Sam Kern.

          The indictment against Renaldo Johnson is attached. To file a complaint about someone suspected of committing a fraud, click here.