CANTON, MS (WLBT) - After months of investigation looking into Canton elections, six people are now charged with voter fraud. Indictments have been handed down and arrests were made early Thursday morning.
The six people facing charges include Courtney Rainey, a city employee and Canton School Board member, and Vicky McNeil, Canton’s former police chief, who now serves on the Board of Aldermen.
Desmand King, Donnell Robinson, Jennifer Robinson and Sherman Matlock are also facing indictments.
Arraignments began just hours after voter fraud indictments were served and arrests were made.
Courtney Rainey, who is also Director of Human and Cultural Needs for the City of Canton, faces 12 counts of voter fraud, two counts of conspiracy to commit voter fraud and one count of intimidating a witness.
Rainey is accused of offering money and gift cards in exchange for votes.
Vickie McNeil faces two indictments on four counts of voter fraud.
“It certainly has been a blow," said Canton Mayor William Truly. "It is something that we will rise above.”
Jennifer Robinson was indicted on two counts of voter fraud. Deputy City Clerk, Desmand King also arrested on two counts.
The four women have now bonded out of jail.
“As we go through this path, we’ll see what the outcome will be," said Mayor Truly. "As I mentioned previously, it is in the hands of the court.”
Donnell Robinson was indicted on two counts of voter fraud and voting by unqualified person as an habitual offender. He has convictions from 1986 for grand larceny and house burglary and 1995 for receiving stolen property. He is still being held in the Madison County Detention Center.
Sherman Matlock is facing two counts of voter fraud and voting by an unqualified person. A former candidate says he is not surprised by the indictments or the arrests.
“We see what’s going on now," said Keith Warfield, former candidate for Ward 7. "It’s clear, it’s clear to see it wasn’t fair. The election wasn’t fair.”
The Madison County District Attorney’s Office plans to present more voter fraud cases to a grand jury soon.
Most of the charges center around the 2017 Canton Municipal Electionsr.
Mayor Truly also says the Board of Aldermen could call a special meeting to fire or suspend Courtney Rainey. The Board of Alderman could take up the issue at the next meeting.