Lodi City Councilmember Shakir Khan reportedly resigns after election fraud arrest

This document shows the handwritten resignation of a Lodi City Council member. | 



This has not been a good week for the city of Lodi and one of it's council members, Shakir Khan. Aside from fraud, gambling, and money laundering charges he and his brother Zakir Khan face, Khan has reportedly resigned from his city council position after being arrested for election fraud.

Yesterday Khan was taken into custody by the San Joaquin Sheriff's Department on several 2020 election fraud charges. According to the sheriff's department's social media post, Khan is charged with:

▪️ Causing/Procuring/Allowing false voter registration of self/another person
▪️ Submission of fraudulent registration to Secretary of State
▪️  Submission of fraudulent Candidacy petition
▪️  Aiding/Abetting the commission of fraud at any election
▪️ Subscription of fictitious names to nomination petitions
▪️ False nomination/declaration of candidacy
▪️ Fraudulently casting votes
▪️ Procuring/assisting/counseling/advising another not qualified to vote

After being taken into custody, Khan reportedly signed a document in the presence of sheriffs and other officials resigning from the city council. Subsequent to that, Khan's attorney disputes that his client resigned from his position and that he was coerced to sign a letter while in custody. 

In yesterday's news conference announcing the arrest, San Joaquin County Sheriff Patrick Withrow said the investigation and election fraud charges stem from Khan's previous charges for fraud, gambling, and money laundering. Withrow added the investigation was aided by tips from citizens. 

"They have brought some things to our attention that we acted on, and all this led to our final investigation and our outcome today," Withrow said.

The entire new conference can be viewed below.

Khan is accused of the following election fraud charges:

EL 18200 Felony
SUBSCRIPTION OF FICTITIOUS NAME TO NOMINATION PETITION
EL 18200 Felony
SUBSCRIPTION OF FICTITIOUS NAME TO NOMINATION PETITION
EL 18200 Felony
SUBSCRIPTION OF FICTITIOUS NAME TO NOMINATION PETITION
EL 18200 Felony
SUBSCRIPTION OF FICTITIOUS NAME TO NOMINATION PETITION
EL 18200 Felony
SUBSCRIPTION OF FICTITIOUS NAME TO NOMINATION PETITION
EL 18101 Felony
REGISTRATION OF FICTITIOUS PERSON
EL 18100(A) Felony
VOTER REGISTRATION VIOLATION
EL 18203 Felony
FALSE FILING DECLARATION OF CANDIDACY
EL 18203 Felony
FALSE FILING DECLARATION OF CANDIDACY
EL 18500 Felony
FRAUDULENT CASTING OF VOTES
EL 18561(A) Felony
PROCURING/ASSISTING/COUNSELING/ADVISING ANOTHER NOT QUALIFIED TO VOTE
EL 18561(B) Felony
AIDING AND ABETTING COMMISSION OF FRAUDULENT VOTING
EL 18200 Felony
SUBSCRIPTION OF FICTITIOUS NAME TO NOMINATION PETITION
EL 18200 Felony
SUBSCRIPTION OF FICTITIOUS NAME TO NOMINATION PETITION


Khan, who has denied all charges, is held without bail eligibility and will appear this afternoon in San Joaquin County Superior Court. 




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