HOUSTON (Covering Katy News) – A grand jury indicted a former polling-station worker for a scheme in which he sought financial compensation in the name of two family members who did not actually work a runoff election in December 2017, Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg announced Friday.
Anthony Rodriguez, 34, faces up to two years in a state jail if convicted of Election Fraud.
As the presiding election judge, Rodriguez was responsible for submitting the paperwork to request the hourly compensation rate for election station workers.
In this instance, he listed two family members as individuals who worked that day, when in fact they did not work at all.
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The case is being prosecuted by the Harris County District Attorney’s Office Public Corruption Division. It began shortly after the election when the District Clerk’s Office contacted the Texas Attorney General’s Office with a concern about Rodriguez’s compensation request.
“The integrity of our electoral process must be protected,” Assistant District Attorney Amanda Benavides said. ”That includes holding anyone accountable who seeks to exploit their position by lying and stealing.”