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2:02 pm
Tue April 16, 2013

Nun won't do jail time for vote fraud

A Cincinnati nun charged with illegal voting for filling out and mailing in a ballot in last year's election for a nun who was deceased entered a guilty plea to the charge Tuesday, but she will do no jail time.

Sister Marguerite Kloos, 54, of Delhi Township appeared in the courtroom of Hamilton County Common Pleas Judge Robert Winkler Tuesday morning to enter her plea.

Winkler sentenced her to a diversion program for at least a year. If she does not commit any more crimes, the record of her crime will eventually be expunged.

Kloos cooperated with prosecutors on the case, one of six referred to the prosecutor's office by the Hamilton County Board of Elections so far.

Kloos, a Sister of Charity, admitted to filling out a ballot for her friend, Sister Rose Marie Hewitt, who died last fall several days before absentee ballots were mailed out by the Hamilton County Board of Elections.

When she was indicted in March, Kloos resigned from her position as dean of arts and humanities at the College of Mount Saint Joseph.

Two others have been indicted so far in the investigation into illegal voting in last year's election.

One of them, Melowese Richardson, who worked the polling place at the Madisonville Recreation Center on election day last fall, will be in court Wednesday on eight counts of illegal voting, including casting two ballots under her own name.

Russell Glossop, a 75-yea-old man from Symmes Township, is charged with one count of illegal voting for filling out and mailing in an absentee ballot for his wife after she had passed away. Glossop is also seeking the diversion program. He is to appear in court May 14.