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Texas mayoral candidate charged with hundreds of felonies relating to voter fraud

Washington Examiner logo Washington Examiner 10/8/2020 Carly Ortiz-Lytle
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A Texas mayoral candidate has been arrested and charged with 109 felonies related to voter fraud.

The Denton County Sheriff's Office arrested Zul Mirza Mohamed, a candidate for mayor in Carrollton, Texas, on Tuesday and charged him with 25 counts of unlawful possession of a ballot without the request of the voter and 84 counts of fraudulent use of a mail ballot application.

The investigation into Mohamed began on Sept. 23, after the Denton County Elections Office alerted the sheriff’s department of possible fraudulent activities when absentee ballots were requested to a P.O. Box that allegedly belonged to a nursing home.

Investigators contacted residents at the facility and were informed that they had not requested ballots. Police then surveilled the box, which was rented with a fake driver's license and student identification card.

Mohamed allegedly picked up the ballots on Oct. 7, and a search warrant was issued for Mohamed’s home. The ballots and fraudulent license were found by police in his bedroom. The sheriff’s office said that several of the ballots were opened.

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton alleged that Mohamed was “in the process of stuffing envelopes with additional mail ballot applications for neighboring Dallas County” at the time of his arrest. Paxton commended the agencies involved in the investigation, which included the attorney general’s election fraud unit.

“Mail ballots are inherently insecure and vulnerable to fraud, and I am committed to safeguarding the integrity of our elections,” Paxton wrote. “My office is prepared to assist any Texas county in combating this form of fraud.”

“Voter fraud is a serious and widespread issue and cannot be tolerated," Sheriff Tracy Murphree said in a statement. “The fact an actual candidate for public office would engage in these activities is appalling. We will continue to aggressively investigate allegations of voter fraud."

Unlawful possession of a ballot carries a sentence of between two and twenty years in prison, while a charge of fraudulent use of a mail ballot carries a sentence of two to 10 years. Mohamed faces 20 years in a state prison if convicted.

Tags: News, 2020 Elections, Voter Fraud, Election Fraud, Texas, Campaigns, Campaign 2020, Crime, Law

Original Author: Carly Ortiz-Lytle

Original Location: Texas mayoral candidate charged with hundreds of felonies relating to voter fraud

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