Monday, May 05, 2014

A case of voter fraud: Campaign Worker Pleads Guilty to Buying Votes in a Donna, Texas, School Board Election

Posted by CotoBlogzz

Rancho Santa Margarita, CA- According to the Justice Criminal Division of the Justice Department, Diana Balderas Castaneda, a campaign worker pleaded guilty today for paying voters to vote in the November 2012 school board election in Donna, Texas.

Castaneda, 48, of Donna, pleaded guilty to one count of vote-buying before U.S. District Judge Ricardo Hinojosa in the Southern District of Texas.  

According to a factual statement read during the plea hearing, a general election was held on Nov. 6, 2012, in Donna for the presidential election, as well as various state, county and local offices, including the Donna School Board.   Balderas assisted in the campaign to elect four candidates to the Donna School Board.   In the course of that work, Balderas knowingly and willfully paid and offered to pay voters for voting in this election.  In addition, at least two campaign managers paid voters in her presence.

Another campaign worker, Rebecca Gonzalez, 44, also of Donna, pleaded guilty to the same charge before U.S. District Judge Randy Crane in the Southern District of Texas on Feb. 14, 2014.  

This case was investigated by the FBI.  

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