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Physician’s Assistant Arrested on Two Counts of Election Fraud

The investigation revealed Leslie’s pattern of double voting in Florida and Alaska, a third-degree felony.

LOXAHATCHEE, FLORIDA — Today, inspectors from Florida’s Department of Law Enforcement arrested Cheryl Ann Leslie, 55, of Loxahatchee on two counts of election fraud. Leslie, a physician’s assistant, voted in the 2020 federal and state primary elections in both Florida and Alaska.

The Florida Secretary of State’s Office of Election Crimes and Security assisted with the investigation revealing Leslie’s pattern of double voting. In addition to the 2020 election, Leslie voted in both Florida and Alaska in 2014, 2016, and 2018.

“The Florida Department of State, Office of Election Crimes and Security is grateful for our partnership with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement,” said Secretary of State and Chief Election Officer Cord Byrd. “This arrest is yet another confirmation to every eligible Florida voter that the Department of State and FDLE are working together to ensure the integrity of their vote and Florida’s elections process.”

Leslie told investigators that her work as a physician’s assistant required extensive travel between multiple states. Her Alaska votes were submitted by absentee ballot, and her Florida votes were submitted early and in person in Palm Beach County. Both counts of election fraud are third-degree felonies. Leslie was booked into the Palm Beach County Jail.