Thursday, January 2, 2014

Former Martin mayor now faces voter intimidation charges related to 2012 election


A former Floyd County mayor already charged with defrauding the Social Security Administration and misapplying federal funds now faces charges of conspiring to intimidate voters.
Former Martin Mayor Ruth Thomasine Robinson and five others are accused of using bribes and threats to try to get people to vote for Robinson in November 2012.

According to court records, they approached people who lived in city-run public housing and rental housing owned by Robinson. They are accused of offering some people better apartments and threatening others with eviction. They also are accused of paying some voters.

Robinson ultimately lost her bid for another term as mayor of the city of 600.

A federal grand jury indicted the six in mid-December. Their initial appearance is Jan. 7.