BRIDGEPORT - The chief state's attorney will start a criminal investigation into Bridgeport state Rep. Christina Ayala in her ongoing voter fraud case.

A state elections commission says it found Ayala falsely registered to vote at a Bridgeport address where she was not a resident. The commission says Ayala said she lived there in order to apply for funding for her campaign.

Ayala is accused of voting nine times in that district.

The state House speaker stripped her of her legislative committees yesterday.

Residents in her district say Ayala needs to be held accountable immediately if found guilty.

Ayala has not commented on the investigation.

Ayala has made headlines before for an alleged hit-and-run accident in which she entered into a plea agreement, as well as a domestic violence arrest that was later dismissed after Ayala completed a counseling program.