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Realtor trade group investigates possible voter fraud

Association hired former FBI agent to probe past board election

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The Lakeland Association of Realtors trade group in Florida has conducted an investigation over allegations of voter fraud in a board of directors election. The Ledger newspaper of Lakeland, Fla., reported that the association conducted a five-week investigation and voted Monday not to take action against Sue Riley, the association's executive director since 1997. A special meeting is planned Thursday to allow further discussion. Gene Engle, a real estate broker and past president of the association's board in 1976 and 1988, told Inman News that he was not invited to the Monday meeting but plans to attend the Thursday meeting. "There has been an investigation, as I understand it," Engle said. The Thursday meeting was apparently called by someone who is not a member of the board, he added. "It's kind of a mess." The Ledger reported that the association hired a former FBI agent to investigate possible online computer voting fraud during the association's 2003 board of directors election....