15 people charged in connection to voter fraud scheme in Edinburg

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Photo of 16 people arraigned in connection to voter fraud (Source: Hidalgo County Jail records)


Officials said 15 people pleaded not guilty in connection to a voter fraud scheme in Edinburg.

According to authorities, all are facing illegal voting charges except Araceli Montoya Gutierrez.

Gutierrez is charged with one count of engaging in organized election fraud and one count of illegal voting, said officials.

The arraignment for the last suspect, Guadalupe Sanchez Garza, is scheduled for November 7.


Officials said 16 people are expected to be arraigned in connection to a voter fraud scheme in Edinburg Thursday morning.

According to the District Attorney’s office, the suspects are accused of voting illegally in the 2017 Edinburg elections.

The City Secretary, Ludivina Leal is among the suspects of the voter fraud investigation, according to a public information.

Also among those being arraigned are Daniel Castillo, Gudalupe Sanchez Garza, Aracely Montoya Gutierrez, Brenda Rodriguez, Rosendo Rodriquez, Cynthia Tamez, Ruby Tamez, Belinda Rodriguez, Felisha Yolanda RodriguezCrystal Lee Ponce, Veronica Vela, Maria S. Aleman, Jose Antonio Vela,  Alyssa R. Cano and Jose Ignacio Martinez. 

Mayor Richard Molina and his wife, Dalia Molina, are also involved in the voter fraud investigation.

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