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Thursday, November 15, 2018
Frank "Pupie" Raia and Dio Braxton post 100K bonds and enter "not guilty" pleas
The following story comes courtesy of the Hudson County View:
Two Hoboken men pleaded not guilty in federal court for their alleged roles in vote-by-mail fraud linked to the 2013 mayoral contest, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said.
Frank Raia, 67, and Dio Braxton, both entered not guilty pleas in front of Newark U.S. District Judge William J. Martini this morning and were both released on $100,000 unsecured bonds, U.S. Attorney’s Office spokesman Matt Reilly told HCV.
Frank "Pupie" Raia back in happier days with his pal from the Hoboken 2013 election Beth Mason
Raia, a former mayoral and council candidate, and Braxton were both charged with conspiracy to execute an illegal vote-by-mail scheme in connection to the 2013 mayoral contest, where Raia was running for councilman-at-large, on Halloween.
From October 2013 through November 2013, Raia allegedly instructed Braxton and other conspirators to pay certain Hoboken voters $50 if those voters applied for and cast mail-in ballots in the November 2013 Hoboken municipal election.