Voter fraud charges expand in New Mexico town
DA: More Arrests in New Mexico case
- Duration 6:48
- Date May 20, 2012
DA: More Arrests in New Mexico case
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And not of the -- voter fraud unit and an astounding story out west.
Allegedly involving city money going to prostitutes strippers there's lap dance video and -- legal out of state voting.
Prosecutors say the growing case was all meant to steal an election and take control of a city.
But the candidate who got that lap dance told us the election was fixed we sat down as he outlined how he says the election was still.
The people started to tell me that every time there were elections -- -- umpire.
There was a lot of -- cheating -- Yeah.
The people of some on park New Mexico are fed up.
-- mayor elect Daniel Salinas and almost a dozen others are charged in a widespread scheme to steal the march election.
Was the election stolen from you.
Yes corruption once.
And how did they did.
By the my manipulated absentee and they're newborn.
Harada Hernandez lost to Salinas by 84 votes and it's a wonder even stayed in the race Salinas and his supporters -- -- are accused of extortion.
For allegedly using city money to secretly tape Hernandez getting this lap dance from a topless woman.
Hoping it would force him to drop out.
Did your client try to steal the election.
Mean people need to decision that people voted he didn't steal the election one -- But prosecutors say the Salinas -- stuff the ballot box with illegal votes even from out of state residents.
Thirteen or registered at this one house of a city official.
When you said you live in Texas.
It's no problem no problem that you could vote in some part anyway she's saying no problem wanna and Arturo Estrada don't even live in summoned park New Mexico.
But say they were registered by a city official to -- there anyway.
Right to vote.
And I mean that's what our democracy is based on and so -- eating you takeaways one vote by.
It being illegal -- take away the voice of someone that is -- this is is voting honestly.
But Arturo who came to this country in 1974.
To pursue the American dream.
Says he is so disillusioned by the alleged voter fraud that he no longer wants to cast his ballot.
We don't know we'll know more.
-- The Estrada's told me that when they vote in someone park they were told to cast their ballots for Daniel Salinas.
Joining us now from all pass so -- don't have a New Mexico this attorney was pricing in the case these are in the case same Euro land now.
Any good morning how that is it.
Good morning Eric.
It's widespread and send them part and -- the more that.
Myself and that task force.
Let's get into the allegations that -- seems to run they feel about this so far what -- about a dozen or so public officials including mayor elect Salinas.
Who've been charged in this in this case.
-- -- of Friday we had twelve individuals charged.
We made some more -- and I think we're up to fifteen now and investigation is ongoing what were they trying to do.
What started out was there there vote was there election was in March.
And I received calls of concern citizens that the election wasn't going properly.
And so I put together task force within a day and the -- they were down on the streets of -- in part they they.
Discovered the extortion charge.
Against an opponent trying to make him drop out of the race.
And then from that -- forward it just lettuce of the voter fraud charges into bribery charges then take kickback charges.
The corruption was just it running -- And I'll let it was a scheme if I go ahead.
All of it is really a scheme to keep.
Salinas and the people on his ticket and -- What was the purpose that two what control.
The city the city -- is a twelve and million dollar -- for a border crossing there.
Exactly the area that we're talking about it and Simon park is a border town.
And there is the possibility.
That some -- there could be a border crossing into Mexico and there's a twelve million dollar fund that has been set up to.
To help that did get to balance.
So part of that became their slash -- and of course by being mayor and having all the people on your ticket.
Be the City Council people run this city you have access to that money -- had access to just the city finds.
That are paid for by the citizens of -- on the part.
So you see -- Salinas right there he's one of those charged of course I mean you heard his lawyer John Spencer says.
It is still they'll actually won it fair and square -- caused this case political.
And every district attorney -- my job is to investigate.
Corruption and investigate voter fraud and when the task force was on the streets we have.
Proven by the facts of the case that voter fraud it was happening.
Not only the two individuals that you spoke to an out pass out.
But as of Friday I think there was -- more that where he legally registered they live in Al paso Texas and voted in silent heart.
There's ongoing patent cases that we're looking at for those same reasons and as as we indicated before.
The right to vote is is a fundamental right and it and it if one illegal vote is cast -- silences.
The vote of a legitimate citizen.
You know I mean finally that really is a point about voter fraud what we do -- Fox News investigating these case -- me talking about the very tenants.
Of our democracy the credibility.
And integrity of election process.
That's exactly -- we have to have confidence in our election process and we have to make sure that our elected officials are serving.
And I think that our task force is finding that a smile group of -- wrapped.
Individuals are are using the Simon park funds as a slash find sick to -- there goals and set for their their agenda.
All right Amy Orlando was pressing the case is dynamic -- attorney out of New Mexico up to fifteen people now charge he says.
This -- thanks so much for joining us on the Fox News Channel this morning.
Thank you very.
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