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NYC man arrested for registering to vote in Sullivan County

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MONTICELLO, NY — The Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office charged a New York City man on December 14 with fraudulently registering to vote. It is alleged that on November 20, 2015, Hamo Hot, age 34, of 1402 Avenue K in Brooklyn, walked into the Sullivan County Board of Elections in Monticello and filed a voter registration form. Hot is not a citizen of the United States. On the same day, the suspect filed an application for a New York State pistol permit with the Sullivan County Clerk.

“We believe Mr. Hot was using the voter registration to help establish residency in Sullivan County for the pistol permit,” said Undersheriff Eric Chaboty. During the background investigation process for the pistol permit, sheriff’s deputies quickly realized that Hamo Hot did not reside at the Ferndale address he listed on either application. Mr. Hot’s “green card” indicates that he is a citizen of Montenegro, which was formerly part of Yugoslavia. The suspect was arrested on a warrant in Manhattan by state troopers on Wednesday and turned over to the sheriff’s office. Hamo Hot was charged with the felony of fraudulently registering to vote and arraigned before Sullivan County Court Judge Michael McGuire. He was sent to the Sullivan County Jail in lieu of $10,000 bail pending a future court appearance.

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