Mexican National Charged With Voter Fraud for Voting in 2016 Election

By Melanie Arter | May 15, 2018 | 6:27pm EDT

( - A 37-year-old Mexican national in Texas has been charged with voter fraud for illegally voting in the 2016 election, Fox News reported Tuesday.

A grand jury indicted Laura Janeth Garza on May 10 of voter impersonation and ineligible voting. Both charges are 2nd degree felonies. If convicted, she could face two to 20 years in prison and a fine of $10,000.

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton said the case demonstrates his office’s “commitment to protecting the integrity of elections.”

“We will continue to do everything in our power to safeguard the electoral process in Texas,” he said in a statement.

According to Paxton’s office, Garza also voted in the 2004 and 2012 elections.

Garza’s indictment bolsters President Donald Trump’s claim that widespread voter fraud took place in the 2016 election.

According to Paxton, Garza registered to vote with the stolen identity of a U.S. citizen. The U.S. citizen became aware that Garza stole her identity when the U.S. citizen went to obtain a passport and was told someone had already done so using her name.


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