Former Stamford Democratic party chairman sentenced in voter fraud case
Former Stamford Democratic party chairman John Mallozzi went before a judge Monday for sentencing in an absentee ballot fraud case stemming from the 2015 local elections.
"I think he's shown his nobility and what he has done for this community," said former Stamford Mayor David Martin.
Martin was one of a handful of supporters who spoke fondly of Mallozzi in court Monday.
"One of John's characteristics in his political involvement in this city is to try to increase the political participation of our first generation immigrants," said Martin.
Superior Court Judge Kevin Randolph found Mallozzi guilty at a trial last month on charges of forgery and making false statements in absentee balloting – 14 counts of each.
Prosecutors say when Mallozzi was Democratic chair, he signed absentee ballot applications for people who were not aware of what he did.
"The common author is the defendant John Mallozzi," said Assistant State's Attorney Laurence Tamaccio.
The judge said one man was found to have voted two dozen times in the same election.
Mallozzi, who did not speak during the trial, was given the chance to address the court Monday.
"Your honor, I'm sorry that things happened. I take full responsibility and it's up to you to do whatever you think is best," said Mallozzi.
Randolph gave Mallozzi a sentence of two years probation and $35,000 in fines.
Mallozzi's attorney Stephan Seeger says he's going to appeal.
The State Elections Enforcement Commission launched the initial investigation back in 2015 after a Stamford voter went to his polling place on Election Day and was told that he already voted by absentee ballot when he said he did not vote.