Sep 23, 2014 2:20 PM
Prosecutors: Texas man used cocaine to buy votes
The Associated Press
McALLEN, Texas (AP) Federal prosecutors say a 47-year-old man provided cocaine to secure votes for school board candidates in South Texas.
A federal judge in McAllen on Monday scheduled the arraignment of Francisco "Frankie" Garcia of Donna for next month. He's facing voter fraud and other charges.
The Monitor newspaper reports (http://bit.ly/1Cblyfa ) that an indictment alleges Garcia paid voters by giving them a "dime bag" of cocaine. Others were paid $10 for their votes in the 2012 Donna school board elections.
FBI agents arrested Garcia last week in Illinois.
He's the latest to be implicated in a conspiracy to buy votes for the school board elections. Three women pleaded guilty earlier this year to voter fraud.
A phone listing in Donna for Garcia could not be found.
Information from: The Monitor, http://www.themonitor.com