Right-wing trolls Jacob Wohl and Jack Burkman must help register low-income voters after being convicted of running an automated calling system in 2020.
The duo, best known for inventing salacious messages, pleaded guilty to charges of telecommunications fraud in September after trying to convince black voters in Cleveland not to cast absentee ballots during the 2020 presidential election.
The robocalls falsely claimed that everyone from the police to the US Centers for Disease Control used mail-in ballot data to find those with warrants and credit card debt.
In their Tuesday hearing, the couple were ordered by Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court Judge John Sutula to spend 500 hours registering voters in low-income neighborhoods across Washington, D.C. for the next six months after 8 p.m. in theirs locked up in houses.
“I think it’s a despicable thing you’ve done,” Sutula said.
When given the opportunity to speak, Wohl stated that he regretted his involvement in the illegal Robocall campaign.
“I really just want to express my absolute regret and shame at all of this,” Wohl said.
Cuyahoga County Assistant Attorney James Gutierrez found that the couple had made more than 6,400 robocalls in the city’s “heavily black East Side” as well as “the city of East Cleveland,” according to Cleveland.com.
Cuyahoga County Attorney Michael O’Malley argued during the hearing that “two individuals were attempting to disrupt the very basis of our democracy.”
Wohl and Burkman also face a possible $5 million fine from the FCC.
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*Initial publication: November 29, 2022 at 5:17 pm CST
Mikael Thalen is a Seattle-based tech and security reporter covering social media, data breaches, hackers and more.
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