Mayor in Texas Arrested for Illegal Voting Scheme

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Texas Democrat mayor arrested for election fraud

Edinburg Mayor Richard Molina has been arrested for voter fraud, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton announced Thursday morning.

According to law enforcement, Molina and his wife were involved in an “illegal voting scheme” in the 2017 mayoral election.

Correction: An earlier version of this story had incorrectly referred to the mayor as a Democrat. It is not clear what his political affiliation is. The headline has been edited to remove the reference to him being a Democrat. reports: Police allege that Molina and his wife “had numerous voters” fraudulently register for the election, which he later won, in what authorities describe as a “vote harvesting scheme.”

Molina has been accused of ordering voters to illegally change their registration information, with some even claiming to live in an apartment complex he owns, in order to help him win the election.