CLEVELAND, Ohio (WOIO) - Two men were charged in a voter intimidation scheme, after being accused of sending out thousands of robocalls with false information to people in Cleveland and East Cleveland, according to the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor’s office.
John Burkman, a 54-year-old Virginia man, and Jacob Wohl, a 22-year-old California man, were each indicted on eight counts of telecommunications fraud and seven counts of bribery after using a voice broadcasting service provider to make more than 67,000 calls to people in minority communities across the Midwest, according to a press release.
The suspects were already under investigation, or facing charges in four other states.
The duo is actually quite well-known for stirring the pot on social media and at recent protests, where emotions are already running high.
Wohl and Burkman tell people they are with “Project 1599.”
They have long been famous for stirring up chaos in communities nationwide.
Wohl’s Twitter account is suspended right now, after he allegedly posted misleading information recently.
But 19 Investigates was able to dig up his old tweets.
One about the economy was retweeted by the president himself.
Wohl’s even been profiled on the Late Show with Stephen Colbert for his alleged conspiracy schemes.
One of many videos posted to Wohl’s YouTube account is from August, showing when he and Virginia-native Burkman apparently went to oppose protestors a Black Lives Matter event and shouted “All lives matter" at people.
Now, they’re both accused of trying to suppress the vote of Black communities across the country, picking up charges in Michigan and Ohio, along with a civil law suit in New York.
This comes after officials, including Secretary of State Frank LaRose, continue to ask people to report those spreading misinformation.
“We don’t tolerate that in Ohio,” LaRose said in early October. “We don’t tolerate voter suppression.”
To report voter intimidation or any sort of voter fraud, you can fill out a form on the Ohio Attorney General’s website.
You can also file a report with the Ohio Election Commission.
Jacob Wohl and Jack Burkman are due back in court mid-November.
We’ll keep you updated on any other charges filed here or in other states.