Laura Janeth Garza, 38, pleaded guilty to charges of voter impersonation and ineligible voting, both of which are felonies. Garza, a Mexican national, was sentenced to 10 years in jail and ordered to pay a $10,000 fine. She will be deported after serving her sentence.
According to investigators, Garza stole the identity of an American citizen and registered to vote in Harris County, where Houston is the county seat. She used the alias “Angie Yadira Zamora” to cast ballots in 2004, 2012, and 2016. Garza was smoked out when law enforcement investigators were alerted when a U.S. citizen attempted to obtain a passport but found that Garza had already obtained one with the citizen’s identity, according to Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton.
“Election integrity is a top priority for my office, and arrestees and convictions like this clearly demonstrate our commitment to ensuring that Texas elections remain free and fair,” said Paxton. The conviction came as Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) has sought to crack down on voter fraud.