Bassett Man Pleads Guilty to Voter Fraud, Perjury

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A man from Bassett admitted to faking hundreds of signatures on campaign ballots.  

In December of 2011 Newt Gingrich needed 10,000 signatures to get his name on the Virginia presidential primary petition. Adam Ward, 28, collected more than 11,000 signatures according to prosecutors. More than 4,000 signatures could not be verified by investigators. 

Tuesday night, Ward pleaded guilty to 36 counts of voter fraud and perjury in Augusta Circuit Court. 

Sentencing is scheduled for December.

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