Third Arrest Made in 2020 Mesa County Voter Fraud Case


According to the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office, Brown surrendered on July 11 and was released the next day on a $15,000 personal bond.

His arrest warrant gives more details about what led to and happened during the county’s annual Dominion voting machine upgrade last year. And he names Conan Hayes, a former professional surfer who became a leading figure in the “Stop the Steal” movementas a key participant in the security breach.

The affidavit alleges that Brown falsely claimed to state election officials that a man involved in the upgrade was named Gerald Wood, and that he worked for the office as an administrative assistant and suffered a background check as required for anyone attending the software update.

The affidavit says Brown also failed to correct Clerk Peters when she told an employee of the Colorado Secretary of State’s office that the man claiming to be Wood worked in the Department of Motor Vehicles and would transfer to the elections team to work under Brown. .

“Brown was nearby when this introduction occurred, but did not elaborate on whether or not this was true regarding Wood’s job position(s),” the investigator wrote.

Investigators believe the man at the upgrade was actually Hayes. They claim that Hayes falsely assumed the identity of Gerald Wood, a Fruita resident who was cleared of any wrongdoing. Peters is accused of creating an office key card using Wood’s identity which Hayes then used to gain access to secure parts of the office.

The affidavit states: “The person who completed this IT service using Wood’s identity is still under investigation.”

James Cannon, the Mesa County District Attorney’s Office investigator who wrote the affidavit, said Brown “aid and conspired with their overall scheme and crimes.” He states that Brown would have known that the man calling himself Wood was not an employee and that “she did not have an administrative assistant and that Wood did not work in the office of the clerk and recorder.”

His investigation also indicated that Hayes was the recipient of copies of the election machine’s hard drives made before and after the software update. This data was later leaked online.

Brown and Clerk Peters reportedly used their key cards to access the secure room containing the election materials twice – once before and once after the upgrade. At each of these times, someone was making a copy of the machines’ hard drives.

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