Accused fraudulent voter appears in court

Posted at: 11/16/2012 8:38 PM
By: Gadi Schwartz, KOB Eyewitness News 4

A man accused of voting twice in the last election faced a judge for the first time in Albuquerque Metro Court.

On Wednesday Thomas Pino was charged with felony counts of voter fraud and forgery after poll workers reported Pino as casting a ballot as his 18-year-old son during early voting.

When originally confronted by the KOB Eyewitness News 4 On Your Side investigative team, Pino denied the charges but later changed his story and said he had made a terrible mistake.

Pino also told KOB4 that his son had authorized him to vote under his name.

Pino has been released from custody on a $5,000 bond.

A background check shows Pino has no criminal history.