Wisconsin woman avoids voter fraud prosecution after claims of domestic abuse

Wisconsin woman avoids voter fraud prosecution after claims of domestic abuse

Did claiming to be an abuse victim get a Wisconsin woman off the hook from her voter fraud?

MILWAUKEE, November 5, 2016 – A Wisconsin woman who has voted illegally since at least 2008 was not charged by a local District Attorney because she claimed to be domestic abuse victim. However, her accused abuser said rather than being the victim she is the abuser.

Kanjana Casetta is a permanent legal resident alien but she has voted at least eight times since 2008 in elections where she is a registered voter in Fond Du Lac County.

But in 2015, the Fond Du Lac County District Attorney’s Office in an investigation headed by Deputy District Attorney Dennis Krueger.

The subject admits voting. Subject is in a domestic violence situation and states was pressured to vote by abusive husband. Does not seem equitable to issue.” Krueger wrote in a letter to the Fond Du Lac Sheriff’s Department on October 15, 2015.

The investigation into Casetta started with a referral from the Wisconsin Government Accountability Board.

“The Government Accountability Board (GAB) has received information about a voter, Kanjana Casetta, who resides in the City of Fond Du Lac and does not appear to be a US Citizen but appears to have voted 8 times since 2008.” The GAB referral written on March 10, 2015 stated.

The GAB referral triggered an investigation by the Fond Du Lac Sheriff’s Department which sent an investigative report to Krueger.

But Krueger declined to prosecute. Krueger told CDN that the investigative report did not amount to a crime.

“I asked her if she knew what the voting laws were in the United States and she indicated that she did have knowledge that she was not supposed to vote however her husband, Barry Casetta, told her to go down and register to vote. She states that Mexicans do it all the time and it would be no big deal. She recalls when she registered to vote that she produced her driver’s license and did not need any identification after that.” Cameron McGee, the Sheriff’s Officer who conducted the interview stated in the report. “She further states that she believes her soon to be ex-husband, Barry Casetta, turned her in and further stated went on to say that she is going through a very messy divorce at this time.”

The entire report was one page and Krueger admitted to not interviewing Barry Casetta and did not even remember interviewing Kanjana Casetta. While Kanjana Casetta admits to voting illegally in the investigative report, her allegations that her ex-husband was an abuser who forced her to register were not corroborated.

A voicemail to Kanjana Casetta was left unreturned.

Barry Casetta told CDN that he was also never interviewed by the Fond Du Lac County Sheriff’s Office and wasn’t even aware of an investigation until provided with the report by CDN.

Barry Casetta told CDN that he did indeed first report his ex-wife to GAB but that not only did he not tell her to register to vote illegally but didn’t even know until 2014 that she wasn’t a US Citizen but a resident alien. Casetta said he found out when she was initially not allowed to return from a trip overseas and had to receive documentation due to being a resident alien.

Furthermore, Casetta said that rather than him being the abuser he was the abuse victim and a police report, a Guardian ad Litem report, and an email back up this assertion.

“He (Barry Casetta) stated back in 2005 he did get into a domestic with Kanjana where she stabbed him; however the police were never informed of the incident,” per one police report.

“I feel bad, I got a little mad cuz (sic) he thinks he didn’t do anything wrong and of course you saw his arm, I pushed him out of anger, since he provoked me and him being clumsy fell into the chair and got his arm caught and that’s what happened,” Kanjana Casetta said in a 2005 email to her then mother-in-law admitting that she broke Barry Casetta’s arm in an argument.

“Kanjana Casetta said the marriage was fraught with verbal abuse. She denied any physical abuse between the parties,” according to a Guardian ad Litem report.

According to the GAB referral letter, the sort of voter fraud Kanjana Casetta was accused of is a class 1 felony, but no charges have been filed.

 

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