A 71-year-old woman who prosecutors say used a counterfeit naturalization certificate to vote in at least five Alachua County elections was arrested Wednesday.
Aida Xilomen Rodriguez de Shehab, who authorities say is not a U.S. citizen, faces five counts of being an unqualified elector willfully voting and four counts of submitting false voter registration information, according to the charging document filed Feb. 25 by State Attorney Bill Cervone.
Rodriguez de Shehab, a registered Democrat, voted in elections — possibly in more than one county — over several years, Cervone said. His office was alerted to the case after receiving a tip from investigators in Duval County, where de Shehab is now registered to vote.
Rodriguez de Shehab repeatedly voted while knowing she wasn’t qualified, Cervone said, but the charging document does not indicate that she voted in the same election twice.
In the charging document, Cervone said she voted illegally in Alachua County elections on Aug. 28, 2018, March 20, 2018, March 14, 2017, and Aug. 30, 2016. She also voted illegally in Alachua County on Nov. 8, 2016, which was the U.S. presidential election.