Man indicted on voter suppression, impersonation charges in New Hampshire robocall scheme

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CONCORD — Attorney General John M. Formella announced today that Steven Kramer, 54, of New Orleans, LA, has been indicted on multiple charges, including felony voter suppression and misdemeanor impersonation of a candidate, in connection with a robocall scheme that targeted New Hampshire voters.

The indictment follows a January 22 announcement by the Attorney General’s office that an investigation was launched into reports of thousands of residents receiving robocalls urging them to “save [their] vote for the November election” with a voice that mimicked President Biden, suggesting that the upcoming primary was less important.

The calls were “spoofed” to falsely indicate they were from a political committee supporting President Biden’s New Hampshire Democratic Presidential Primary write-in campaign.

Kramer faces 13 felony counts of voter suppression and 13 misdemeanor counts of candidate impersonation across four counties: Rockingham, Belknap, Grafton, and Merrimack, based on the location of the recipients of the deceptive calls.

“New Hampshire remains committed to ensuring that our elections remain free from unlawful interference and our investigation into this matter remains ongoing,” Formella said. “The Federal Communications Commission will also be announcing an enforcement action against Mr. Kramer for violations of federal law.”

The charges are based on state laws that prohibit intentional efforts to prevent or deter others from voting through false information and falsely representing oneself as a candidate during phone calls to voters.

These allegations claim Kramer used a pre-recorded, AI-generated voice to mislead voters during the January 23 Presidential Primary Election.

While Kramer has been indicted, he is presumed innocent unless proven guilty.

The case, investigated by Richard Tracy of the Department of Justice’s Election Law Unit, is being prosecuted by Assistant Attorneys General Brendan O’Donnell and Matthew Conley.

The broader investigation into the AI-generated robocalls and other potential parties involved remains active.

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