Prosecutors announced this Thursday that former Anchorage GOP Rep. Gabrielle LeDoux is facing four felony counts of voter misconduct. Also facing two felony charges former legislative aide, Lisa Simpson, Alaska Public Media reports.
The charges against Simpson could potentially pressure her to testify against her former boss, according to APM. Simpson’s attorney, Rex Butler, said that prosecutors are “roping in” Simpson to help convict LeDoux.
“It’s all about their efforts to get Gabrielle,” Butler said.
LeDoux was first charged last year with just one felony count and a number of misdemeanors that were related to her 2018 re-election campaign, but the case was postponed due to the pandemic, only to now resume as lockdown measures are lifted.
Both LeDoux and Simpson pleaded not guilty at a hearing on Thursday.
The charges against LeDoux came after state elections officials notified the Alaska State Troopers of what they described as irregularities with absentee ballot applications during her 2018 re-election campaign. The FBI also participated in the investigation.
Simpson’s son has been charged with voter misconduct as well.