Uncle of Mo. lawmaker John Rizzo admits to voter fraud in election won by single vote

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - The uncle of a Democratic Missouri lawmaker has pleaded guilty to voter fraud in an election that his nephew won by a single vote.

John Moretina pleaded guilty Monday in federal court to giving false information when registering and voting. Moretina lived in Gladstone but admitted to giving a false address in July 2010 that allowed him to vote in the 40th House District where his nephew John Rizzo was a candidate.

Rizzo defeated Will Royster by a single vote in the August 2010 Democratic primary. Royster alleged voter fraud at the time but an appeals court rejected his request for a new election.

"We now know the election was stolen," Royster's campaign manager, Chris Moreno, said.

Rizzo won re-election last year and remains in the Missouri House. He said Tuesday that he had not been contacted by authorities about his uncle's activities.

"It's an unfortunate situation," Rizzo told 41 Action News on Monday.

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