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Fraud on an industrial scale

Fraud on an industrial scale which struck at the very heart of democracy.

That’s how police have described the case and sentencing of three people for election fraud.

Charles Lewin was yesterday (Tuesday) sentenced to three and a half years in prison after conspiring dishonestly to secure proxy votes, conspiring to steal and conspiring to forge a document.

He was the campaign manager for the Manx Election Trust, representing celebrity chef Kevin Woodford in the 2010 Douglas East by-election.

The senior investigating officer in the case, Detective Inspector Iain MacMillan, said 57 year-old Lewin was involved in a 'highly organised system designed to fraudulently obtain proxy voting rights'.

He believes the investigation shows Island authorities will investigate allegations of tampering with the democratic process robustly.

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