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Former 5th District Candidate Charged with Election Fraud

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A former 5th District congressional candidate who sought the 2010 Republican nomination is in hot water.  Feda Morton is charged with felony election fraud. Morton was arrested on that charge on March 22.

We have not heard much from 59-year-old Feda Morton since her unsuccessful 5th District congressional run in 2010. She was up against several other Republicans for the nomination. She lost to Robert Hurt in the republican primary, with a little less than five percent of the vote.

Court documents show Morton is charged with making false statements on a voter registration form in August 2011. As for what those statements are, all parties involved are tight-lipped.  We have reached out to Virginia State Police and the special prosecutor in the case, but cannot confirm the specific nature of what was on that form.

Fluvanna Commonwealth's Attorney Jeff Haislip excused himself from the case in an effort, he says, to maintain its integrity.

Haislip said, "I didn't want the public thinking I was either bringing the charge for political reasons, or not bringing the charge for political reasons. So I thought it was best to let somebody from a different jurisdiction handle it."

Greene County Commonwealth's Attorney Ronald Morris is now special prosecutor in the case.

Morton is currently facing a class five felony, which carries with it a penalty of up 10 years in prison, 12 months in jail, and a $2,500 fine.  She is expected back in Fluvanna County District Court May 15 for a preliminary hearing.

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