As you probably know by now, Roxann Ploss, nee a Republican and now a Decline to State according to her, continually posted on mydesert.com under a fictitious name even after officially drawing papers for the race for Palm Springs City Council and even after declaring her candidacy (Ploss also ran for City Council in the last election.)
For two months, Ploss repeatedly denounced her fellow candidate, John Williams, for some of his positions and some of his past business dealings. Ploss hammered Williams under the guise of being a 70-year-old ‘John Morris,’ probably since the seniors are a target population for Williams who is a boardmember of the Mizell Senior Center.
This weekend, The Desert Sun discovered Ploss’ deception and bared her all.
I have now received notification from Kurt Barrie, via the mydesert.com diarist, The Observer, that Ploss’ actions may in fact be not only deceptive but also illegal! More below the flip…
On KurtBarrie2007’s page in mydesert.com, dated October 14, 2007 at 5:24 a.m., Barrie writes that Ploss’ actions seem to be illegal under the Elections Code 18320-18323:
“(a) This act shall be known and may be cited as the “California Political Cyberfraud Abatement Act.
“(b) It is unlawful for a person, with intent to mislead, deceive, or defraud, to commit an act of political cyberfraud.
“(c) As used in this section:
(1) ‘Political cyberfraud’ means a knowing and willful act concerning a political Web site that is committed with the intent to deny a person access to a political Web site, deny a person the opportunity to register a domain name for a political Web site, or cause a person reasonably to believe that a political Web site has been posted by a person other than the person who posted the Web site.”
As a result, it appears that Ploss broke the law of California! I am sure that more is to follow on this.