Criminal JusticeElections 2022IssuesGrand Jury Indicts Frederick Frazier, GOP Texas House Candidate, on Impersonating Public Servant Charges

Frazier, a police officer, turned himself in and posted bond. The Dallas Police Department has placed him on administrative leave.
June 27, 2022
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A Collin County grand jury indicted Frederick Frazier, the Republican nominee for Texas House District 61, on two charges of impersonating a public servant. 

The charges could stem from allegations by his primary opponent, Paul Chabot, that Frazier pretended to be a code compliance official to manipulate a Walmart employee into removing Chabot’s campaign signs from the store’s property.

Lt. Teddy Yoshida of the Richardson Police Department indicated in an email to The Texan that Frazier was booked in jail on Friday afternoon and bonded out.

“(Frazier) turned himself in for two Collin County warrants, both for the charge of Impersonating Public Servant,” Yoshida wrote.

Frazier, who received the endorsement of former President Trump, defeated Paul Chabot in the Republican runoff on May 24 with 64 percent of the vote.

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Chabot touted the news in a post on social media shortly after Frazier turned himself in.

“My campaign endured the slashing down of campaign signs and other thug-like tactics for months, even going as far as to say that I made up the ‘charges’ against him,” Chabot wrote. “Let me be clear, the Grand Jury saw it otherwise and I am grateful for the hard work involved by them, the Texas Rangers, McKinney Police Department, and Special Prosecutor.”

Chabot expressed regret that the allegations were not “handled” before the runoff.

Frazier’s campaign remarked in a statement to multiple outlets, “Frederick Frazier is looking forward to having the opportunity to defend himself in court, where we are confident that jurors will see through Chabot’s lies in the same way that voters have five times before.”

Chabot has also accused previous political opponents of misconduct.

Grand juries do not determine whether a defendant is guilty, but decide whether there is enough evidence to proceed to a trial. Prosecutors have the burden of proving any allegation against Frazier. He will remain on the ballot in strongly Republican HD 61. Sheena King is the Democratic nominee.

According to his campaign website, Frazier has been a law enforcement officer in North Texas for 26 years and a special deputy U.S. marshal for 14 years.

Frazier was on the Marshal Fugitive Task Force at the Dallas Police Department, which reportedly placed him on administrative leave after the grand jury handed up the indictment.

Impersonating a public servant is a third-degree felony, which carries a sentence of up to 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000.

Bill Wirskye, Collin County’s first assistant district attorney, did not immediately respond to a request for more information.

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Hayden Sparks

Hayden Sparks is a reporter for The Texan and a lifelong resident of the Lone Star State. He has coached competitive speech and debate and has been involved in politics since a young age. One of Hayden's favorite quotes is by Sam Houston: "Texas has yet to learn submission to any oppression, come from what source it may."