Zul Mirza Mohamed is a Texas Democratic mayoral candidate who was arrested and charged with 109 counts of voter fraud, specifically mail-in fraud. Mohamed is currently running to become the mayor of Carrollton, Texas.
He was arrested on Wednesday night, and he faces felony voter fraud charges after having allegedly sent 84 applications for mail-in ballots, WFAA reported.
Mohamed was also charged with 25 counts of knowingly possessing a ballot with the intent to defraud, a second-degree felony, and 84 counts of providing false information on a voting application, a third-degree felony.
“Mail ballots are inherently insecure and vulnerable to fraud, and I am committed to safeguarding the integrity of our elections. My office is prepared to assist any Texas county in combating this form of fraud,” Attorney General Ken Paxton said in a statement.
Mohamed is currently being held in the Denton County jail. According to the Denton County Sherriff’s Office, the county and state investigators issued a search warrant on his home in Carrollton, where they found 25 ballots.
The sheriff’s office also said that investigators became aware that someone had requested absentee ballots to be sent to a P.O. box in Lewisville, Texas, which belongs to a nursing home facility.
However, when the investigators had contacted the Carrollton residents whose ballots had been requested, they told them that they had not applied for the ballots. Police then began keeping tabs on the postal facility.
On Wednesday, the box of requested ballots was picked up at the facility.
According to the police, when they searched Mohamed’s house, they also found the box containing the registered ballots, several of which were already open.
“Voter fraud is a serious and widespread issue and cannot be tolerated,” Denton County Sheriff Tracey Murphree said. “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.”
The charges against Mohamed are very serious, and his chances of winning the election are now close to nil.
He has been charged with 25 counts of unlawful possession of an official mail ballot and 84 counts of mail ballot application fraud, which are second-degree and third-degree felonies.
If he is convicted, Mohamed can face up to 20 years in prison, and fines that can cost up to $20,000.
The Texas Republican Attorney General Ken Paxton gave high praise to the law enforcement for “ensuring a free and fair Presidential election in the face of unprecedented voter fraud.”
“Mail ballots are inherently insecure and vulnerable to fraud, and I am committed to safeguarding the integrity of our elections,” Paxton said. “My office is prepared to assist any Texas county in combating this form of fraud.”
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