Former Brownsville, Texas, resident Sonia Leticia Solis was arrested on voter fraud charges for allegedly voting multiple times in a Democratic primary runoff election in 2012, the U.S. attorney for the Southern District of Texas announced Tuesday.
Solis, 54, who now lives in Fort Worth but resided in Brownsville during the allegations, was indicted Aug. 13 and arrested Tuesday in Fort Worth, the U.S. attorney’s office said in a statement announcing the charges. She is expected to make a court appearance before U.S. Magistrate Judge Jeffrey L. Cureton in Fort Worth at 2:30 p.m. local time. She’s also expected to appear in Brownsville “in the near future,” the statement said.
Solis allegedly cast five votes via absentee ballot using the names of five different people when Cameron County was holding a Democratic primary runoff election in July 2012. The runoff election, for Cameron County District Attorney, was won by Luis Saenz. Saenz defeated his opponent, Carlos Masso, 51 percent to 49 percent. Saenz handily defeated Chuck Mattingly, his Republican opponent in the general election, 67 percent to 33 percent.
If convicted of the charges, Solis faces up to five years and a $10,000 fine.