Ex-ACORN worker gets home term in voter fraud case

November 25, 2008 10:27:37 AM PST
A suburban Philadelphia man will serve house arrest for falsifying 18 voter-registration cards. Jemar Barksdale worked briefly this year for the voter-turnout group ACORN, the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now.

The 34-year-old Chester man must serve six to 23 months of home confinement after his sentencing Monday in Delaware County.

Barksdale must also pay the group $574 restitution after pleading guilty to forgery, theft and other charges. ACORN officials say Barksdale is a "bad apple."

A call to his listed defense lawyer was not immediately returned Tuesday.

He is one of thousands of part-time workers ACORN hired nationally this year to sign up 1.3 million new voters.

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