September 8, 2020 News & Press Releases

Third Scott Taylor staffer indicted, prosecutor says more charges to come

by Democratic Party of Virginia

Special prosecutor overseeing the case says Taylor has not been cleared and he "expects to seek at least one more indictment" 

The ongoing criminal investigation into Republican Scott Taylor's election fraud scheme yielded another indictment today when a third staffer was charged. Despite Taylor's false claims that he's not under investigation, the special prosecutor overseeing the case made it clear that the entire campaign - including Taylor - was under investigation. Taylor has now been facing a criminal investigation for longer than he actually served in Congress. 

See below from the Virginian-Pilot for more: 

Virginian-Pilot: Third former campaign staffer for Scott Taylor indicted with campaign fraudBy Jane Harper 
September 8, 2020 

A third member of ex-Congressman Scott Taylor’s 2018 campaign staff is facing an election fraud charge after being indicted today by a Virginia Beach grand jury.

The indictment against Heather Guillot, who served as a consultant for Taylor’s re-election bid, stems from a petition scandal that rocked the former U.S. representative’s campaign two years ago. Guillot is accused of submitting forged signatures in an effort to get a spoiler candidate on the ballot that year.

Election fraud is a felony in Virginia, punishable by up to 10 years in prison and a $2,500 fine.

John Beamer, the special prosecutor overseeing the case, said Tuesday that the two-year investigation isn’t over yet and that he expects to seek at least one more indictment. He said that no one has been cleared, including Taylor. The one-term Republican lost the 2018 race to Democrat Elaine Luria, but is challenging her again this year.

“He’s part of the campaign and the whole campaign is under investigation,” Beamer said.

Guillot’s attorney, Richard Doummar, declined to comment on the indictment Tuesday and Taylor’s campaign manager, Regan Roberts, didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.

Taylor has previously denied wrongdoing. He has said he knew his staff was trying to help Brown, but was unaware of any forgeries.

Guillot was one of five members of Taylor’s staff who circulated petitions in the spring of 2018 as part of an effort to get Independent candidate Shaun Brown added to the ballot.