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Posted: Thursday, April 25, 2019 10:04 am

Edinburg Mayor Richard Molina and his wife Dalia Molina have turned themselves in to authorities after warrants were issued for their arrests on illegal voting charges stemming from the city’s November 2017 election, according to a law enforcement source with knowledge of the case.

The Molinas are expected to be arraigned later today on multiple charges.

The Edinburg mayor has been dogged by allegations of engaging in and encouraging voter fraud ever since he won the election in November 2017.

Such speculation was only heightened by the arrest of more than a dozen people on illegal voting charges over the course of the last year as part of a Texas Attorney General’s office investigation into what Attorney General Ken Paxton has called an organized illegal voting scheme.

Molina unseated Richard Garcia for the mayoral office in that election by 1,240 votes, which Molina’s critics allege were cast by people who were not Edinburg residents.

Since May 2018, the AG’s Office and the Texas Rangers, who are assisting with the investigation, have arrested 15 people on second-degree felony illegal voting charges. Four of the 15 allegedly registered to vote from the address of an apartment complex owned by Molina despite not living there.

Molina has called the investigation into his election “one-sided” and has previously denied the allegations against him, instead charging his political opponents — among them members of the Palacios family, a long-time fixture in Edinburg politics — with engaging in illegal voting for years.

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