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Political Operative McCrae Dowless Charged With Social Security Fraud

Steve Harrison / WFAE
McCrae Dowless has been indicted on charges of social security fraud.

Former election campaign consultant Leslie McCrae Dowless, who was at the center of a voter fraud scandal in the 9th Congressional District in 2018, has been indicted on charges of social security fraud, the U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina announced Tuesday.


Dowless is alleged to have collected social security benefits while earning income from political campaigns. He is charged with two counts of social security fraud, one count of theft of government property and one count of false statements.

According to the indictment, Dowless, 64, received Supplemental Security Income and Retirement Insurance Benefits while failing to notify the Social Security Administration that he also received more than $100,000 for work on the midterm elections between March 2017 and November 2018.

Dowless received more than $14,000 in benefits from the Social Security Administration while not disclosing his work or earnings, according to the indictment.

Previously, Dowless was indicted on two sets of state charges related to election fraud allegations. He pleaded not guilty.