Denton County Texas sheriffs deputies have arrested Zul Mirza Mohamed, candidate for mayor in Carrollton, a suburb of 140,000 in the sprawling Dallas–Fort Worth metroplex.
Authorities have reportedly charged Mohamed with 109 counts of voter fraud. (CBSDFW.com)
The investigation began September 23 when Sheriff’s were notified by the Denton County Elections Office of possible fraudulent activity related to absentee ballot applications.
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Officials say absentee ballots had been requested to be sent to a PO Box in Lewisville, that was supposed to belong to a nursing home facility. When investigators made contact with the Carrollton residents whose ballots had been requested they learned that none of the residents had asked for ballots be mailed to the PO Box.
Further investigation revealed the PO Box had been obtained with a fictitious Texas driver license and a fictitious University of North Texas student ID.
Sheriff Tracy Murphree said, “The fact an actual candidate for public office would engage in these activities is appalling.”