Edinburg mayor’s trial for election fraud delayed until March


The trial of Edinburg Mayor Richard Molina and his wife Dalia on charges of organized election fraud and illegal voting has been delayed until next year, KGBT reported.

The trial was originally scheduled for Dec. 9, but Hidalgo County District Attorney Ricardo Rodriguez told the TV station it has been rescheduled for March 2020.

The mayor faces 11 counts of illegal voting while Dalia Molina is charged with two counts of illegal voting. Both are charged with organized election fraud in connection with the 2017 city election in which Molina won re-election. They were arraigned in June and pleaded not guilty. 

More than 20 people have been charged with illegal voting in that election. Prosecutors allege that Richard Molina devised a scheme in which people who live outside of Edinburg used the addresses of associates to cast ballots in the city election.


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