Marquardo posts bail in election fraud

By RAELYNN RICARTE

News staff writer

April 1, 2006

Craig Marquardo voluntarily turned himself in to the Northern Oregon Regional Corrections facility on Tuesday evening.

He paid $2,500 in cash to bail himself out of jail that same night.

“It’s just standard procedure for this kind of thing; this is a felony charge,” said Marquardo, who has been accused of election fraud.

A warrant was issued for his arrest following the grand jury decision in mid-March that there was sufficient evidence to pursue a case against him. Marquardo’s prosecution is being handled by the Attorney General’s office because it involves a violation of state election laws.

He is facing penalties for allegedly falsifying his work history on a candidate filing form in 2005. Marquardo unsuccessfully challenged incumbent Kathy Watson for the Position 3 seat on the Hood River Port Commission.

His first court appearance will be 8:30 a.m. on April 17 in Hood River Circuit Court. On Thursday morning, Marquardo said he did not expect the case to go to trial, alluding to a possible plea deal with the AG’s legal staff.

“This won’t see a courtroom because we’re working on something right now. But I still have to go through the process between now and then,” he said.

In a telephone interview last week, Marquardo, 33, admitted that he could not provide proof of employment with Warner Brothers. On his filing form, he had claimed to be the senior vice president of distribution for the California company while in his early 20s.

Marquardo said he had not retained pay stubs, or tax returns from the job that he had held more than 10 years ago.

“They want to prove that I didn’t do something and I don’t have the paperwork to prove that I did, it’s that simple,” he said.

Marquardo also stated the belief that the state would have difficulty proving to a jury “beyond a shadow of a doubt” that he had done anything wrong.

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