The Grand Jury of Wake County returned sealed indictments on Tuesday February 26, 2019, against multiple individuals including Leslie McCrae Dowless following presentation of evidence gathered during the investigation into absentee ballot irregularities in Bladen County during the 2016 General Election and the 2018 Primary Election. Those indictments became public this morning following the arrest of Mr. Dowless. These cases will now be set on an administrative calendar for Monday March 25, 2019 in Wake County Superior Court. An order set pretrial release conditions for Mr. Dowless at $30,000 secured and ordered that he have no contact with anyone named in the indictments.
Leslie McCrae Dowless faces charges of three counts of felonious obstruction of justice, two counts of conspiracy to commit obstruction of justice and two counts of possession of absentee ballot. Others charged include Caitlyn E. Croom, Matthew Monroe Mathis, Tonia Gordon and Rebecca Thompson. Each faces one count of conspiracy to obstruct justice and one count of possession of absentee ballot. Mr. Mathis further faces charges of falsely signing the voter certification on an absentee ballot.
The investigation into these matters, including irregularities discovered during the 2018 General Election, is ongoing. The Wake County District Attorney has met with investigators of the North Carolina State Board of Elections and anticipates that the investigation completed by the State Board of Elections will be forwarded to the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation within the next thirty days at which time it will be reviewed to determine what additional investigative work is necessary.
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