A mayoral candidate in Carrollton has been arrested and charged with voter fraud.
Denton County Sheriffs have Zul Mirza Mohamed in custody and have charged him with 109 felonies related to voter fraud.
The investigation began September 23 when Sheriff’s were notified by the Denton County Elections Office of possible fraudulent activity related to absentee ballot applications.
Officials say absentee ballots had been requested to be sent to a PO Box in Lewisville, that was supposed to belong to a nursing home facility. When investigators made contact with the Carrollton residents whose ballots had been requested they learned that none of the residents had asked for ballots be mailed to the PO Box.
Further investigation revealed the PO Box had been obtained with a fictitious Texas driver license and a fictitious University of North Texas student ID.
To find out who was behind the scheme officials began a surveillance of the postal facility.
A box of the requested ballots was picked up at the location on October 7. Investigators followed the person, later identified as Mohamed, back to a home in the 1600 block of Bennington Drive in Carrollton and contacted a judge to get a search warrant for the house.
One inside deputies found the box containing the requested ballots, with several of them open. The fraudulent driver license used to rent the PO Box was also located during the search.
Sheriff Tracy Murphree said, “The fact an actual candidate for public office would engage in these activities is appalling.”