Michigan AG Hits Jacob Wohl, Jack Burkman With Felony Charges For Robocalls

Attorney Jack Burkman and far-right conspiracy theorist Jacob Wohl at a press conference in 2018 claiming a woman had come forward with credible sexual harassment allegations against Robert Mueller.Screengrab / NBC News / YouTube


The two men allegedly used a robocall system aimed at deterring Detroit voters from using mail-in ballots.

Notorious conservative operatives Jacob Wohl and Jack Burkman were hit with a slew of felony charges by Michigan’s attorney general on Thursday for allegedly attempting to suppress voting in the upcoming election with a series of robocalls.

  • Charges filed by Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel against Burkman, 54, and Wohl, 22, include “conspiracy to commit an election law violation and using a computer to commit the crime of election law,” The Daily Beast reported.
  • Burkman and Wohl allegedly used a “robocall system aimed at scaring Detroit voters away from using mail-in voting ballots,” in a campaign that targeted nearly 12,000 Detroit residents in August.

The voice on the call attributed to Wohl and Burkman attempts to trick listeners into not sending in mail-in ballots, falsely warning that the information would be used to track fugitives, collect on credit card debts, and enforce “mandatory vaccines.” The calls also told residents to “beware of vote by mail.”

“Don’t be BS’ed into giving your private information to the man,” the call continued. “Stay safe and beware of vote-by-mail.”

  • The attorney general’s office said “investigators communicated with officials in New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio and Illinois—all of whom reported similar robocalls being made to residents in their states.”

All the calls, they said, were made to residents in “urban areas with significant minority populations,” the Michigan attorney general's office said.

“It's believed around 85,000 calls were made nationally, though an exact breakdown of the numbers of calls to each city or state are not available,” the AG's office said.

  • Neither Burkman nor Wohl have been arrested yet, according to the report. In August, Burkman denied being involved with the scheme.
  • The Daily Beast reported that “Both Wohl and Burkman face four felony counts and a maximum sentence of 24 years in prison.”

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