Two men charged with violating election laws and voter intimidation through thousands of robocalls to Detroiters ahead of the 2020 U.S. General Election could each go to jail for 12 years each.
They face another problem Tuesday, coming down the from the Federal Communications Commission.
Jack Burkman -- a 54-year-old conservative lobbyist from Virgina -- and Jacob Wohl -- a 22-year-old conspiracy theorist from California -- were arraigned in October on four felony counts each for allegedly attempting to suppress votes in multiple U.S. cities -- specifically those with significant minority populations -- in the 2020 U.S. General Election.
The two were accused of making 85,000 robocalls to mostly minority cities -- including Detroit -- in an effort to scare people from voting by mail.
That number was dwarfed by the FCC, which is proposing a $5.1 million fine for the two. It would be the largest fine ever under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act.
“This massive fine properly reflects the seriousness of the allegations these two political operatives face,” said Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel. “Mr. Burkman and Mr. Wohl allegedly orchestrated a series of robocalls aimed at suppressing the vote in the November General Election. While my office will continue to pursue the criminal case against these men, I applaud the FCC for its action today.”
Burkman and Wohl are awaiting trial in Wayne County Circuit Court after a failed dismissal attempt in May. They are expected to return to court Sept. 21.