Man sentenced to probation in Hoboken vote-by-mail conspiracy

NJ Federal Court

A man tied to Hoboken’s 2015 vote-by-mail scheme was sentenced by a federal judge this week to one year’s probation.

William Rojas, 70, pleaded guilty last October to conspiracy to defraud the United States by using the U.S. Postal Service to promote a vote- by-mail bribery scheme.

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According to court documents, from September 2015 through November 2015, Rojas worked for an unnamed candidate referred to as Candidate 1 in then Hoboken City Council election in which six ward council seats and three Board of Education seats were up for election.

At Candidate 1’s direction, Rojas and a conspirator, Matthew Calicchio, agreed to pay certain Hoboken voters $50 each if those voters applied for and cast mail-in ballots for the November 2015 municipal election.

Rojas provided these voters with vote-by-mail applications and told them they would get $50 for casting mail-in ballots.

After receiving the completed mail-in ballots from voters, Rojas and Calicchio reviewed them to ensure that voters had voted for Candidate 1.

After the election, Rojas delivered $50 checks to the voters whose mail-in ballots he collected.

Calichio pleaded guilty in May of 2019.

Rojas was one of five people indicted for their roles in vote-by-mail bribery schemes.

In November of 2019 Lizaida Camis pleaded guilty in Newark federal court to Count 2 of an indictment charging her with conspiracy to use the mail to promote a voter bribery scheme during the 2013 municipal election in Hoboken.

In May of that year, Dio Braxton, also pleaded guilty to an indictment charging him with conspiring with Hoboken politico and developer Frank “Pupie” Raia and others to use the mail to promote a voter bribery scheme during the 2013 municipal election in Hoboken.

In June of last year, a jury found Raia guilty of conspiracy to violate the federal Travel Act for using the mail for a vote-by-mail bribery scheme during the 2013 municipal election.

According to the judgment filed on Aug. 19, Rojas will serve one year of probation for his role in the conspiracy.