A Florida woman and her daughter were arrested by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement for unauthorized access into hundreds of student accounts — allegedly using the access to cast fraudulent homecoming court votes.
Laura Rose Carroll, 50, and Emily Rose Grover, 17 — who have both been arrested for the election fraud — cast nearly 250 bogus votes for the teen by breaching online student accounts and pulling the virtual levers.
The investigation began in November 2020 when the Escambia County School District contacted FDLE to report unauthorized access into hundreds of student accounts.
Carroll was an assistant principal at Bellview Elementary School, while her daughter was a student at Tate High School.
“The investigation found that Carroll…and her daughter…had accessed student FOCUS accounts,” the FDLE says in a release. “Carroll had district-level access to the school board’s FOCUS program, which is the school district’s student information system. FOCUS users are required to change their password every 45 days and Carroll’s annual training for the ‘Staff Responsible Use of Guidelines for Technology’ was up to date.”
The FDLE says that in October 2020, hundreds of votes for Tate High School’s Homecoming Court voting were flagged as fraudulent, as 117 votes originated from the same IP address within a short period of time.
Grover was named Tate High School’s 2020 homecoming queen.
“Agents uncovered evidence of unauthorized access to FOCUS linked to Carroll’s cell phone as well as computers associated with their residence, with a total of 246 votes cast for the Homecoming Court,” the FDLE says in a release. “Multiple students reported that the daughter described using her mother’s FOCUS account to cast votes. The investigation also found that beginning August 2019, Carroll’s FOCUS account accessed 372 high school records and 339 of those were of Tate High School students.”
Carroll was booked into Escambia County Jail around 2:45 p.m. and released at 3:15 p.m. on a $6,000 bond, according to jail records.
Carroll’s daughter was taken into custody and transferred to the Escambia Regional Juvenile Detention Center.