A former State Rep. Christina “Tita” Ayala from Bridgeport pleaded guilty on Friday to providing authorities with fabricated evidence that she lived at an address other than her own and will not be allowed to run for elected office for two years, according to the State of Connecticut Division of Criminal Justice.
According to the DCJ, 31-year-old Ayala voted in local and state elections in districts other than her own between 2009 and 2012, including Bridgeport Democratic Town Committee elections, a municipal primary election, a state primary election and the 2012 Bridgeport state general election “in districts inconsistent with location of her residence.”
She was also accused of presenting the Elections Enforcement Commission with false evidence indicating that she lived at an address that was not her own.
Ayala was charged with eight counts of fraudulent voting, 10 counts of primary or enrollment violations and count of tampering with or fabricating physical evidence.
On Friday, she pleaded guilty in Bridgeport Superior Court to two counts of providing a false statement and the conditions of her discharge include that she not run for public office for two years.
The State Elections Enforcement Commission notified the Office of the Chief State’s Attorney of the alleged misconduct in October 2013, the DCJ said.
Ayala was elected to the Connecticut House of Representatives in 2012 and was defeated in a primary when she sought the Democratic nomination to seek re-election in 2014.
She faced domestic violence charges following an argument with her boyfriend in 2013, just weeks before taking office, that were subsequently dropped.
Ayala was also fined $350 in connection with a hit and run incident.