MIAMI (CBSMiami) – The ongoing criminal investigation into an absentee-ballot request case took investigators to the private office of North Miami Mayor Lucie Tondreau Friday morning.

According to CBS4 news partner the Miami Herald, investigators traced an IP address used to file bulk absentee ballot requests to Tondreau. The investigation is in connection to an unknown number of unlawful absentee-ballot requests submitted online this year. Mayor Tondreau only took office in June.

“Pursuant to an ongoing investigation into online absentee ballot requests, we executed a search warrant at the business office of Tondreau and Associates, a private consulting firm,” state attorney’s office spokesman Ed Griffith told the Herald. “This was a lead we received and needed to look into.”

Multiple local campaigns have been implicated for fraudulent ballot requests in 2013. Congressman Joe Garcia’s former chief of staff went to jail for 90 days and two former aides to Miami Commissioner Francis Suarez were placed on probation.

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