Elections 2020IssuesCarrollton Mayoral Candidate Arrested on 109 counts of Mail Ballot Fraud

Zul Mohamed has been arrested on allegations of forging voter registration applications and having them sent to fraudulent locations.
October 8, 2020
Zul Mohamed, a candidate for mayor in Carrollton, has been arrested by the Denton County Sheriff’s Office and will be charged with 109 counts of mail ballot fraud, according to a release by the Office of the Attorney General (OAG).

Mohamed, a 39-year-old web designer, is on the 2020 ballot against Kevin Falconer, the incumbent mayor.

According to the OAG, he is accused of creating a false identity to obtain a virtual mailbox, by which he received and fraudulently filled out 84 voter registration applications.

When arrested, the OAG said Mohamed was “in the process of stuffing envelopes with additional mail ballot applications for neighboring Dallas County.”

“I strongly commend the Denton County Sheriff’s Office, the Lewisville Police Department, and Texas Department of Public Safety as well as the Denton Elections and District Attorney’s offices for their outstanding work on this case and their commitment to ensuring a free and fair Presidential election in the face of unprecedented voter fraud,” said Attorney General Paxton.

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Mohamed could face up to 20 years in prison for the violations.

Paxton concluded, “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.”

Falconer told The Texan, “I’m shocked and surprised by the news, and I hope for [Zul’s] sake it’s something odd and different and that it’s not what it appears to be.”

“I expect justice will be served and if it’s found to be true, I’m disappointed — but his due process must be respected,” he continued.

Falconer was elected in 2017, emerging first in both the local election and the runoff. Mohamed finished last among four candidates in 2017.

“Our right to elect officials through a fair and impartial process is important and seeing otherwise is sad. The citizens of Carrollton deserve better,” Falconer concluded.

Last month, Paxton announced the indictment of a Gregg County commissioner for mail-in ballot fraud in a 2018 election which he won by five votes.

As of earlier this year, the OAG’s Election Fraud Unit has successfully prosecuted 457 instances of fraud since 2004.


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