A Mexican woman has been charged in Texas with voter fraud after
prosecutors said she illegally voted in the 2016 presidential
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton said his office will prosecute
Laura Janeth Garza, a 37-year-old Mexican national who lives in
Houston, after a grand jury indicted her May 10 on charges of
voter impersonation and ineligible voting.
Both charges are second-degree felonies. If convicted, Garza
faces two to 20 years in prison and a $10,000 fine, according to
Fox 4 News in Dallas-Ft. Worth.
“This case demonstrates my office’s commitment to protecting the
integrity of elections,” Paxton said in a statement. “We will
continue to do everything in our power to safeguard the
electoral process in Texas.”
According to the attorney general’s office, Garza is accused of
voting illegally in Harris County in November 2016, as well as
in elections in 2004 and 2012.
Paxton said a joint investigation with the Texas Department of
Public Safety determined that Garza obtained documents to steal
the identity of a U.S. citizen and illegally register to vote.
Law enforcement became aware of Garza after a U.S. citizen
attempted to obtain a passport, but discovered Garza had already
done so using her identity, Paxton said. The State Department
referred Garza’s case to Texas Department of Public Safety,
which then handed it over to Paxton’s office for prosecution.
President Trump has long claimed widespread voting fraud took
place in the 2016 election, an assertion that has not been
"It's not a conspiracy theory, folks," Trump said at an event in
West Virginia last month, claiming millions voted illegally in