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Vinton school board member arrested for voting fraud

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VINTON (KWWL) -

Vinton Police have arrested the Vinton-Shellsburg School Board President for voting fraud.

Police say Patrick C. Lyons, 49, pleaded guilty to theft in Polk County in 1996 in connection with an $181,809.00 embezzlement from a former employer. As part of his felony conviction, Lyons lost his right to vote.

Vinton Police say Lyons registered to vote on March 2, 2004. On the voter registration form, he confirmed he had not been convicted of a felony. Police say Lyons also submitted a similar voter registration document in February 2006.  

In 2004, Lyons submitted an "Affidavit of Candidacy" to the School Board Secretary, which was later filed with the Benton County Auditor's Office, and included a similar eligibility requirement to run for a school board position. Lyons was later elected to the school board.  

Vinton Police also say Lyons voted in a City election on March 2, 2004, and in School elections on September 14, 2004 and September 13, 2005.

Lyons has been charged with 3 counts of Perjury of Statement in connection with the voter registration and affidavit of candidacy forms, and 3 counts of Election Misconduct in the 1st Degree.

The charges are all Class "D" Felonies, punishable by up to 5 years in prison, a $7,500 fine, or both.

According to police, Lyons turned himself in and was booked into the Benton County Jail, and was released on 5,000 bond.

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