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Texas woman arrested for electoral fraud

A Texas woman who bragged about being able to cast thousands of votes for tens of thousands in cash was arrested this week on charges including election fraud and illegal voting.

Raquel Rodriguez was filmed during an undercover project by Project Veritas, a non-profit journalistic watchdog group that politicians and media have dismissed as a “conspiracy site”.

She said on video footage released last year that she could cast “at least 5.000 votes across the country” for $ 55.000 in cash, hiring her “entire team”. She recognized that what she discussed could result in her jail time. (source)

On the basis of the images, attorney general opened Ken Paxton , a Republican, an investigation. This led to the arrest, Paxton announced on Jan. 13.

“Many continue to argue that there was no electoral fraud. We have always known that these claims were false and misleading and today we have additional hard evidence. This is a victory for election integrity and a strong signal that anyone who tries to defraud the people of Texas, deprive them of their vote, or undermine the integrity of elections will be brought to justice. ”Paxton said in a statement.

“The shocking and blatantly illegal action documented by Project Veritas demonstrates a form of electoral fraud that my agency is constantly investigating and prosecuting. I am committed to ensuring that the voting process is safe and fair statewide, and my office is ready to assist every county in Texas to combat this insidious non-US form of fraud. “

The election fraud department of Paxton's office viewed dozens of hours of footage before they were arrested.

Rachel Rodriguez is arrested in an undated photo released January 13, 2021.

Rodriguez was charged with five offenses: electoral fraud, illegal voting, unlawful assistance to people who vote by mail and unlawfully possessing an official ballot paper.

She can face up to 20 years in prison if convicted.

Republican congressional candidate Mauro Garza, who hired Rodriguez, said last year The Epoch Times that he did not endorse or support wrongdoing.

“The volunteer in the research video is no longer active in my campaign. I hope this story will encourage the news media and legal authorities to investigate all evidence of voter fraud and suppression, as it has been a major problem in South Texas for decades, ” he said via email.

Renee Yanta, another Republican candidate who Rodriguez says hired her, has not returned an investigation, nor has Lis Campos, a Democrat.

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