FEMA official charged in voter fraud case

St. Johns County Sheriff's Office booking photo of Michel Pawlowski

ST. JOHNS COUNTY, Fla. – A Federal Emergency Management Agency official has been arrested in connection with a voter fraud case in St. Johns County.

Michel Pawlowski, 68, was named in a complaint last fall alleging voter fraud. He lives in Maryland. His daughter ran for St. Augustine Beach city commission and won.

According to the charging affidavit, Pawlowski signed a voter registration form in which he reported his legal address in St. Augustine Beach and voted by absentee ballot in the general election in November 2010, the presidential primary in January 2012, and the general election last November.

According to the affidavit, Pawlowski got a Florida driver's license this year and also bought a house with his daughter in St. Augustine Beach this year. When asked why he registered his name as a Florida voter, he couldn't explain, according to the affidavit.

Pawlowski is charged with false swearing and submission of false voter registration information.