A woman from Grand Prairie, Texas, who is not an American citizen, was convicted and sentenced to 8 years in prison and fined $8,000 on Thursday for voting illegally. The woman’s name is Rosa Maria Ortega, 35, and she is currently married to an American and living in the United States legally, however she is not an American citizen and does not have a legal right to cast a vote.
Ortega had applied to become a voter in her county of Tarrant, Texas, however that request was denied. “She did acknowledge on that request that she was not an American citizen,” said Harry White, a supervisor of public integrity and white collar crime investigations for the District Attorney’s office of Tarrant County. Then, 5 months later Ortega reportedly applied again, but this time she declared she was an American citizen.
As investigators began to dig-in to this matter, they found that Ortega had voted in a neighboring county of Dallas County, Texas. It began with the Republican Primary in 2004 and continued for a total of 5 times with the most recent being in 2014, per Dallas Country Elections Administrator Toni Poppins-Poole.
Rosa Maria Ortega said during the trial, “I didn’t have the study, the guidance, the education.” She went on to say, “if I knew, everything would have been done the correct way, all my life I was taught I was a U.S. citizen.”Tags: Election voter fraud Voting