Canadian woman accused of voting in more than 20 U.S. elections

By Matt Gryta | News Staff Reporter on October 6, 2016 - 6:26 PM

A Canadian citizen who lives in Cheektowaga was accused Thursday of voting in more than 20 elections in the United States while illegally living here.

Shirley Anne Conners, 62, was arrested Thursday on making a false claim to U.S. citizenship to vote, according to the U.S. attorney’s office.

Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Brian J. Counihan said the defendant, who has been illegally in the United States since the early 1970s, voted in more than 20 federal, state and local elections since 1995, the last being the presidential primary in New York in April.

Conners, who is also known as Shirley Anne Faragalli, faces a federal prison term of up to five years if convicted.

She was released to the custody of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Service after making an appearance before U.S. Magistrate Judge H. Kenneth Schroeder Jr.

The case was the result of an investigation by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Services.