CSUSM Candidate, 'Koala' Editor Faces Election Fraud Charge

Matt Weaver Arrested By Campus Police Thursday, School Officials Say

A student aiming to become Cal State San Marcos' next student body president was arrested on charges of identity theft and election fraud, school officials said.

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According to CSUSM spokeswoman Margaret Lutz, Matt Weaver was taken into custody Thursday after the school's Internet security department detected "unusual activity taking place" on a campus computer he was logged in on.

Weaver, a junior at the school, is charged with unlawful access to a computer or database, identity theft and election fraud, according to Lutz.

Lutz said the school told students that election results set to be released Friday would not be revealed. School officials determined that "the election has been compromised."

Weaver's candidacy has been met with opposition due to his work as editor of "The Koala," a controversial publication distributed on the CSUSM campus.

"For those of you who don't know, Matt Weaver is editor of 'The Koala,' which is a tabloid on campus that pretty much creates hate through their homophobic, racist and sexist jokes," CSUSM student Ari Rivera said during an event featuring student government candidates.

Last March, 10News did a story about UC San Diego student Carli Thomas after "The Koala" newspaper on that campus published a doctored picture of Thomas with male genitalia shoved in her face.

When asked about Weaver running for student body president, student Angelo Ferrer said, "He does not represent Cal State San Marcos and I'd be embarrassed to say someone like that is in a leadership position here at Cal State."

10News learned campus police and school officials are continuing to investigate the incident.

School officials would not comment on Weaver's status at the university.

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