BUCHANAN COUNTY, VA – A Democrat Virginia Board of Supervisors member was reportedly charged with 82 felony counts relating to election voter fraud, along with one alleged accomplice being charged with 12 felonies of a similar nature.
On May 9th, Russell County Commonwealth’s Attorney Zach Stoots announced that Knox District Supervisor Trey Adkins and his alleged accomplice Sherry Lynn Bailey were collectively hit with 94 various felonies revolving around alleged election and voter fraud.
Adkins was reportedly charged with 34 counts of false statement election fraud, 11 counts of absentee voting procedure violations, eight counts of public embezzlement, 11 counts of forgery of a public record, 15 counts of uttering public record, and 3 counts of conspiracy to make a false statement election fraud.
Bailey, who is apparently Adkins’ aunt, was charged in connection with the same scheme as well, with her being indicted on four counts of false statement election fraud, four counts of conspiracy to make a false statement, and four counts of forgery of public record.
Commonwealth Attorney Stoots didn’t reveal any specifics regarding the case in a released statement, noting that ethics codes forbid his office from going into case specifics prior to a potential trial.
“The Rules of Professional Conduct prevents any lawyer participating in the prosecution of a criminal matter that may be tried to a jury from making an extrajudicial statement that the lawyer knows or should know will have a likelihood of interfering with the fairness of a trial by jury. Based on the Rules of Professional Conduct, my office will not be making any further statements on the pending matters.”
Virginia State Police have been investigating Adkins for approximately two years prior to the charges getting handed down, with the National File reporting that the grand jury’s report detailed “an illegal absentee vote harvesting scheme” that Adkins had been partaking in since first coming into office in 2011 and “repeating the process in his 2015 and 2019 bids for re-election.”
In this scheme, Adkins would allegedly show up at the homes of prospective voters with absentee applications and ballots in tow to help ensure that he secured their vote.
Allegedly hundreds of absentee ballots acquired in this fashion were used in each respective election cycle – and while the numbers may seem small in the grand scheme of things, the National File report pointed out that since “Buchanan County is a small community, the margin of victory in Adkins’ election was only within a couple of hundred votes, giving his scheme all the more impact.”
In response to the felony allegations, Adkins claimed that the charges are “a show.” He also said, “It’s something that we’ll deal with.” Furthermore, the Democrat asserted that he won’t be resigning from office as a result of the criminal charges, saying, “There’s no chance in hell that I’ll step off the board of supervisors. Period. Let me be clear about that.”
Adkins proclaimed that he’ll be releasing a more detailed statement on the matter once he confers with his legal counsel.