Texas mayoral candidate Zul Mirza Mohamed arrested on 109 felonies linked to mail-in ballot fraud

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CARROLLTON, TEXAS  A mayoral candidate for the city of Carrollton has been arrested on more than 100 charges linked to attempted voter fraud, the office of the Texas Attorney General announced Oct. 8 in a press release.

Now, the AG’s office is saying that the accused could be looking at up to 20 years in prison for the alleged crimes.

Zul Mirza Mohamed is in some hot water after being arrested for a staggering 109 felony charges related to alleged crimes involving mail-in ballots.

On Oct. 7, Mohamed was hit with 84 counts of mail ballot application fraud and 25 counts of unlawful possession of an official mail ballot.

According to the Denton County Sheriff’s Office, they were tipped off  Sept. 23 about an alleged scheme involving absentee-ballot applications.

The Denton County Elections Office had informed the DCSO that there was some suspicious activity regarding absentee ballots being sent to a  Lewisville P.O. Box, which was alleged to have belonged to a nursing home.

Investigators had begun reaching out to local residents who purportedly “requested” these absentee ballots be sent to the Lewisville P.O. Box. The investigation revealed that the residents had not requested that absentee ballots be sent to that P.O. Box.

This led investigators to look into who actually opened up that postal box, discovering that it had been opened up with the use of a fake Texas driver’s license and a phony University of North Texas student ID card.

That’s when DCSO started running surveillance on the location of the PO Box and inserted an undercover officer inside the facility.

On Oct. 7, authorities say, Mohamed came to the location of the P.O. Box and picked up a box containing the numerous absentee ballots.

Officers tailed the suspect back to his residence and were able to obtain a search warrant of Mohamed’s home.

The subsequent search of Mohamed’s home was said to have produced numerous absentee ballots (some of which were already opened) as well as the fake Texas driver’s license that was allegedly used to open up the P.O. Box in the first place.

Of the 109 felonies that Mohamed was hit with, 25 of them are second-degree felonies and 84 of them are third-degree felonies.  

Sheriff Tracy Murphree released the following statement after Mohamed was arrested:

“Voter fraud is a serious and widespread issue and cannot be tolerated. The fact an actual candidate for public office would engage in these activities is appalling. We will continue to aggressively investigate allegations of voter fraud.”

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton extended accolades to all those involved in the investigation, which included the Lewisville Police Department, the Texas Department of Public Safety as well as the DCSO.

Like Sheriff Murphree, AG Paxton expressed the steadfast commitment to combating voter fraud in Texas:

“Mail ballots are inherently insecure and vulnerable to fraud, and I am committed to safeguarding the integrity of our elections. My office is prepared to assist any Texas county in combating this form of fraud.”

Online commentary regarding the arrest of Mohamed has again ignited heated debate pertaining to whether voter fraud is a serious threat to the upcoming general elections or if it’s something that is easily detected and quashed.

Some online proclaim that the arrest of Mohamed is proof that voter fraud is easily caught and handled before coming to fruition, whereas others feel as though that with every case detected, many other go unnoticed.

While the arrest of Mohamed is likely good news for those who have reservations about the efficacy and integrity of voter-fraud safeguards, there are still heavy concerns from those who see one arrest as being the tip of the proverbial iceberg.   

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Affidavits allege Texas Democrat officials were involved in a mail-in ballot harvesting scheme

Sept. 30, 2020

HARRIS COUNTY, TX – In the beginning of September, the Texas Supreme Court issued a temporary stay against the Harris County Democrats’ plan to send mail-in ballots to all 2.37 million voters in the county regardless of eligibility. 

The order was a direct result of a lawsuit that was filed by the Harris County Republican Party, which consists of: Dr. Steve Hotze, Wendell Champion, Sharon Hemphill, and Al Hartman, against County Clerk Chris Hollins, a known Democrat, over the mail-in ballot plan. 

Now, the lawsuit alleges a massive ballot harvesting scheme, which to no surprise, the Democrats are denying. 

According to TheDailyWire, two affidavits filed in a lawsuit alleged that top Texas Democrat officials have launched an illegal mail-ballot harvesting scheme.

In one affidavit, Charles Marler, a former investigative specialist with the FBI, alleges that Precinct 1 Harris County Commissioner Rodney Ellis and District 13 Texas State Sen. Borris Miles are supervising the illegal effort, supported by Houston businessman Gerald Womack and political consultant Dallas Jones.

Miles and Ellis adamantly deny the allegations, dismissing the claims as “Republican opposition work” and “dirty voter suppression tricks.”

As if this mail-in ballot scheme does not seem sketchy enough, Dallas Jones, the political consultant named in one of the affidavits, “has notably been hired by Joe Biden’s presidential campaign as the Texas political director,” according to Texas Scorecard.

Marler stated in one affidavit:

“Witnesses have shown me and described to me how the ballot harvesters take absentee ballots from the elderly in nursing homes, from the homeless, and from unsuspecting residences’ mailboxes.

“The ballot harvesters then complete the ballots for their preferred candidate and forge the signature of the ‘voter.’

“Two witnesses stated to me that there are two individuals employed at the Harris County Clerk’s Office who are aware of the illegal ballots and help facilitate and mask the processing of the ballots into the legal stream of ballots.”

Marler continued:

“I have been made aware of a law enforcement investigation in the Spring of 2020 regarding illegal ballot harvesting.

“Several interviews of individuals were conducted. After the interviews became public, former Harris County Clerk Diane Trautman resigned, alleging health concerns due to COVID-19.

“However, witnesses have told me that Ms. Trautman was arguing with Commission[er] Rodney Ellis about the legality of mass purchasing and mailing of mail-in ballots and that Trautman was concerned she would be included in the eventual arrest pertaining to illegal ballot harvesting.

“Instead of coming forward and exposing the scheme, Ms. Trautman abruptly resigned. Witnesses have stated that Commissioner Ellis was not deterred and continued to move forward with the plan to mass mail ballots and expand the illegal ballot harvesting scam.

“Another witness stated to me that an employee of Commission[er] Ellis, Tyler James, has bragged that he could guarantee that the illegal ballot harvesting operation, with the help of mass mail-in ballots, could harvest 700,000 illegal ballots.”

Another affidavit was submitted by retired Houston Police Department Captain Mark Aguirre, who mentioned Ellis, Miles, Womack and Jones.

Aguirre alleged:

“I have in my possession video-taped interviews of witnesses attesting to the aforementioned people having groups of people completing thousands of absentee and mail-in ballots, including completing ballots for deceased individuals; illegally going into nursing homes, with the complicity of the nursing home staff, and filling out and forging the signatures of nursing home residents; signing up homeless individuals to vote using the ballot harvester’s address then completing the ballot and forging the homeless individual’s signature.

“This entire operation is being run by the elite politicians of the Democrat Party in Houston/Harris County.”

Both State Sen. Miles and Commissioner Ellis have responded to the allegations. The Texas Tribune reported on Sept. 28 that Miles:

“. . . called the allegations false and ludicrous, noting he has never met either of the two men who claim to have inside knowledge of the alleged plot.

“Miles said he has always encouraged mail-in voting, especially for voters who are senior citizens, but has never and would never engage in ballot harvesting or any efforts to collect absentee ballots.”

Miles responded by saying that the claim against him is simply “Republican opposition work.”

Miles said:

“I don’t do that, I don’t have a team that does that, and I’ve never had somebody else’s mail ballot in my hands,”

Ellis also denied the allegations. He said:
 
“I’m not surprised that Trump, Hotze and others are using all the dirty voter suppression tricks they can to undermine our elections and democratic process.”
 
He went on to say:
 
“I’m proud our County Clerk is working to ensure Harris County voters have the opportunity to vote safely and securely during this global pandemic, despite these partisan attacks.”
 

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