Texas authorities announced on Thursday that they have arrested and charged a mayoral candidate near Dallas with election fraud after he allegedly forged at least 84 applications for mail-in ballots.
Denton County Sheriff's Office arrested Zul Mirza Mohamed, a candidate for mayor in Carrollton, Texas. He now faces 109 counts of fraud, including 25 counts of unlawful possession of a ballot and 84 counts of fraudulent use of a mail ballot application.
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton said that authorities discovered the fraud after dozens of ballot requests had been tied back to the same post office box.
An investigation from the sheriff's office found that the post office box had been rented with a false driver's license and student identification. The office assigned someone to watch the box and followed the person who came to pick up the ballots.
The people under whose names the ballots had been requested said they did not file the applications.
🔦 The mayoral election was originally supposed to have taken place in spring, but had been postponed because of the pandemic.