Texas Woman Who Bragged About Ballot Harvesting Arrested for Fraud得克薩斯州婦女因欺詐而被捕
US ET reported;
A Texas woman who bragged about being able to deliver 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 nonprofit journalism watchdog group. She said on video footage released last year that she could deliver “at least 5,000” votes “county-wide” for $55,000 in cash and that would hire her “entire team.” She acknowledged what she was discussing could land her prison time.
拉奎爾·羅德里格斯（Raquel Rodriguez）是由非營利性新聞監管機構Project Veritas在一個秘密項目中拍攝的。她在去年發布的錄像中說，她可以以55,000美元的現金在“全縣范圍內”提供“至少5,000”票，這將僱用她的“整個團隊”。她承認自己正在討論的內容可能會縮短她的入獄時間。
Based on the footage, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, a Republican, opened an investigation. That probe led to the arrest, Paxton announced on Jan. 13.
根據錄像片段，共和黨德克薩斯州檢察長肯·帕克斯頓（Ken Paxton）展開了調查。 Paxton於1月13日宣布，該調查導致了逮捕。
“Many continue to claim that there’s no such thing as election fraud. We’ve always known that such a claim is false and misleading, and today we have additional hard evidence. This is a victory for election integrity and a strong signal that anyone who attempts 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 election fraud my office continually investigates and prosecutes. I am fiercely committed to ensuring the voting process is secure and fair throughout the state, and my office is prepared to assist any Texas county in combating this insidious, un-American form of fraud.”
The Election Fraud Division of Paxton’s office reviewed dozens of hours of footage before making the arrest.
Rodriguez was charged with five felonies: election fraud, illegal voting, unlawfully assisting people voting by mail, and unlawfully possessing an official ballot.
She could face up to 20 years in prison if convicted.
Republican congressional candidate Mauro Garza, who hired Rodriguez, told media last year that he didn’t endorse or support any wrongdoing.
“The volunteer in the investigative video no longer serves on my campaign. I hope that this story encourages the news media and legal authorities to investigate all evidence of voter fraud and suppression as it has been a rampant problem for decades in South Texas,” he said via email.
Renee Yanta, another Republican candidate who Rodriguez said hired her, didn’t return an inquiry, nor did Lis Campos, a Democrat.＃
記者：Petr Savb contributed to this report.