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A Texas woman was arrested on voter fraud charges Wednesday after a video from Project Veritas appeared to show her convincing an older woman to change her vote.

Raquel Rodriguez was arrested in San Antonio, police told KSAT 12.

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton's office announced in a press release that Rodriguez is being charged with "election fraud, illegal voting, unlawfully assisting people voting by mail, and unlawfully possessing an official ballot.


"Many continue to claim that there’s no such thing as election fraud," Paxton said. "We’ve always known that such a claim is false and misleading, and today we have additional hard evidence. This is a victory for election integrity and a strong signal that anyone who attempts to defraud the people of Texas, deprive them of their vote, or undermine the integrity of elections will be brought to justice."

Last fall, Project Veritas released video footage that appeared to show Rodriguez convincing an older woman to vote for a Democrat and helping her change her ballot. Rodriguez also appeared to admit on video that candidates were paying her to deliver votes for them.

James O'Keefe, the founder of Project Veritas, tweeted in reaction to the attorney general's announcement, "For those who say 'nothing matters' this is for you. For those in the news media who says there is no such thing as voter fraud and what we do is nothing more than an attempt to 'undermine elections,' TAKE A SEAT!"


For those who say "nothing matters" this is for you.

For those in the news media who says there is no such thing as voter fraud and what we do is nothing more than an attempt to "undermine elections," TAKE A SEAT!

— James O'Keefe (@JamesOKeefeIII) January 13, 2021

After the video was released, Rodriguez said in an interview with web show The Carpenters Apprentice that she was misrepresented.

"They were pulling me, and I was pulling their strings. That’s how I saw it," she said, according to News 4 San Antonio. "Little did I know what they were doing, but I knew something was wrong, and I just went with it."

The attorney general's office said the arrest is based on hours of unedited footage reviewed by the Election Fraud Division of the office of the attorney general.

It is unclear how widespread prosecutors believe Rodriguez's alleged fraud to have been, but Paxton's office said that, if convicted, Rodriguez could face up to 20 years in prison.

The press release listed Rodriquez's first name as Rachel. The attorney general's office told the Washington Examiner that she goes by both names.

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Houston Amber Alert Suspect Arrested In Dallas, Child Safe

DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – A 3-month-old girl who was the subject of an Amber Alert in Texas was found safe in Dallas, and the suspect, her mother, was also arrested, police said.

Police said Friday they were looking for Lashea Benjamin, 39, and her daughter, Anyla, and that they were both last seen at around 1 p.m. in the southern area of Houston.

Police believed Anyla was in danger due to Lashea’s previous history with injury to a child.

Anyla Benjamin (left) and Lashea Benjamin (right)

Just before 3 p.m. on Saturday, police said the Amber Alert was canceled after both Lashea and Anyla were found in Dallas after authorities received tips.

Police said Lashea is currently in custody at Dallas County Jail. Anyla was placed in custody of Child Protective Services after being found “safe and healthy.”


After receiving numerous tips, Anyla Benjamin & suspect Lashea Benjamin were located in Dallas. Lashea Benjamin is in custody in the Dallas County Jail.

Anyla is safe & healthy & will be placed in CPS custody. #HouNews

— Houston Police (@houstonpolice) January 16, 2021

Further details have not yet been released as the investigation continues.


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