Matthew Weaver of Huntington Beach Gets a Year for Trying to Rig College Student Election
A Huntington Beach High School grad, who pleaded guilty in March to trying to rig a student election at Cal State San Marcos in San Diego County, was sentenced Monday in federal court to a year in federal custody.
Matthew Weaver, 22, in March 2012 tried to win the student council president election that would have given him an $8,0000 stipend and oversight of a $30,000 Associated Students Inc. annual budget.
But campus police caught Weaver at a school computer on the last day of the four-day election with a keylogger, a small electronic device that secretly records a computer user's keystrokes.
The FBI took over the investigation that discovered Weaver had purchased three keyloggers more than a month before the election. A search of his laptop showed he'd searched for "how to rig an election" and "jail time for keylogger." (Cue Homer: "DOH!")
In the end, it was learned the then-third-year business student had stolen nearly 750 student passwords. San Marcos officials called it the largest identity theft case in the university's 24-year history. Weaver eventually copped to three federal charges and admitted to casting about 480 votes for himself and friends on the ballot.
The election results were tossed and a new election was called.