Jeffrey Garcia, 41, the Miami-area congressman's longtime political strategist, was sentenced to 90 days in jail as part of a plea agreement reached with the Miami-Dade state attorney's office, The Miami Herald reported Monday. After his jail time, the former aide will serve 18 months probation, including the first 90 days under GPS monitoring.
Garcia, not related to the congressman, pleaded guilty to one felony charge and three misdemeanor charges arising from the hundreds of ballot requests the congressman's political campaign submitted online without voters' permission.
Jeffrey Garcia admitted he broke the law, the Herald said.
"I should not have done it," Garcia said in Miami-Dade criminal court. "I'm sorry, and I accept responsibility."
In his statement to the court, Garcia said the congressman's 2012 campaign didn't tamper with any ballots.
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