Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton’s Election Fraud Unit announced the arrests of four women who were members of an organized voter fraud ring working the Northern Fort Worth area. Paxton’s office released this statement following the arrests:
Attorney General Ken Paxton today announced that four individuals were indicted on 30 felony counts of voter fraud and arrested following a lengthy investigation by the Election Fraud Unit of his office. The defendants – all members of an organized voter fraud ring – were paid to target elderly voters in certain north-side Fort Worth precincts in a scheme to generate a large number of mail ballots, and then harvest those ballots for specific candidates in 2016.
Leticia Sanchez was indicted on one count of illegal voting, a second-degree felony punishable by a prison term of two to 20 years, if convicted. All defendants in the case face state jail felony charges of providing false information on an application for a mail ballot – Sanchez (16 counts), Leticia Sanchez Tepichin (10 counts), Maria Solis (two counts) and Laura Parra (one count).
The ring was focused on the well-established Democrat scam of stealing or otherwise altering the votes of vulnerable seniors.
Paxton’s statement explained the methodology:
Vote harvesting is accomplished generally in two phases: seeding and harvesting. In the seeding phase, applications for mail ballot are proliferated in order to blanket targeted precincts with mail ballots. Then, when ballots are mailed out by the election offices, harvesters attempt either to intercept the ballots outright, or to “assist” elderly voters in voting their ballots while ensuring that the votes are cast for the candidates of the harvesters’ choice. In most cases, the voters do not even know their votes have been stolen.
In the twelve previous years:
From 2005-2017, the attorney general’s office prosecuted 97 defendants for numerous voter fraud violations.
Thanks to AG Paxton’s initiative to clean up the voting process:
This year alone, Attorney General Paxton’s Election Fraud Unit – with assistance from a criminal justice grant from the governor’s office – has prosecuted 33 defendants for a total of 97 election fraud violations. In February, the attorney general announced a significant voter fraud initiative and addressed key problems and policy areas related to election law.
Texas Governor Greg Abbott, whose office funded Paxton’s election fraud unit let it be known that the violators would be punished to the fullest extent of the law:
NEW: Four women in ‘voter fraud ring’ arrested. They targeted seniors. Texas will put election thieves in jail. If anyone cheats in elections they will be prosecuted. @KenPaxtonTX #txlege #tcot #PJNET https://t.co/GLaKgGxaCT
— Greg Abbott (@GregAbbott_TX) October 13, 2018
According to the Star-Telegram:
These people allegedly were paid to target older voters on the north side “in a scheme to generate a large number of mail ballots and then harvest those ballots for specific candidates in 2016,” the statement read.
This raises the specter of a wider criminal conspiracy as the search for answers to the more important question as to who paid them must now be answered.
The people of Texas deserve to know how widespread this voter fraud conspiracy is and who is funding it.