Zul Mirza Mohamed, 39, really, really wanted to be elected mayor of Carrolton, Texas, a town of 127,000 that sits between Dallas and Fort Worth. But it looks like Mohamed wasn’t sure that enough voters would like him enough to put a check by his name on the ballot, so he decided to give himself an edge.
According to the Texas Attorney General’s office, Mohamed opened a virtual mailbox using fraudulent information, then forged voter information on at least 84 mail-in ballot applications. When the police arrested Mohamed, he was stuffing envelopes with the ballot applications to send to the Dallas County Board of Elections.
The Attorney General’s Office is charging him with 84 counts of mail ballot application fraud and 25 counts of unlawful possession of an official mail ballot. If convicted, he faces up to 20 years in prison.
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton said:
“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.”