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RI law prevents prosecution of businessman for alleged voter fraud

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State law may prevent authorities from prosecuting a Providence businessman who allegedly committed voter fraud while serving on a powerful city board.

The NBC 10 I-Team found voting records where Alberto Guzman used his company's address to vote in elections instead of his legal residence in North Smithfield.

He admitted, and records show, that he had been voting this way for more than 10 years.

Under Rhode Island law, Guzman could be prosecuted for a felony, but the statute of limitations on election crimes is only one year.

Guzman last voted on Nov. 6, 2012. The window of opportunity for the state to prosecute him expired about three weeks ago.

If Guzman voted in U.S. elections, federal law could come into play. The statute of limitations on federal elections is five years.

The I-Team also discovered Guzman is behind on his real estate taxes in North Smithfield and Providence.

Since the I-Team approached Guzman, he has changed the addressed on his voter registration, and resigned from a powerful position on the city's Economic Development Partnership where he helped decided which local businesses received taxpayer backed loans.

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