TOPEKA, Kan. (KSNW) – Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach announced Wednesday that he has secured his eighth voter fraud conviction and his first non-citizen conviction.
According to the secretary, Victor David Garcia Bebek voted on three separate occasions, a 2012 special election, the 2012 general election, and the 2014 general election, without being qualified to vote.
Kobach says Bebek became naturalized as an American citizen earlier this year.
He says at the ceremony the Sedgwick County Election Office was there to register new citizens to vote, one of those being Bebek.
“When the Sedgwick County Election Office went back to the office to type in his information, they discovered he’d been registered to vote since 2011, as a non-citizen,” said Kobach
It marks the eighth case of voter fraud since Koback gained the authority to prosecute voter fraud back in the July 2015.
So KSN asked is this really working?
Kobach says the eight cases are only the tip of the iceberg.
“For every case that we prosecute there are undoubtedly a hundred cases or more that we haven’t even discovered, or if discover them we find out we can’t prosecute because the statute of limitations has run,” said Kobach.
Kobach says he has secured $29,000 in fines for election related crimes.
He says it hasn’t come at much cost to the state to prosecute these kinds of cases.
“The cost of prosecuting is much lower than the 5,000 dollar fine that we recover, my office is doing it with existing personnel)
Bebek plead guilty on April 7 in Sedgwick County Court to three counts of voting without being qualified, a class A misdemeanor. Under the plea agreement, Bebek was placed on unsupervised probation for a period of up to three years and must pay a $5,000 fine. Probation will terminate upon payment of the fine.
KSN reached out to Bebek for comment, but he declined.