Updated at 4:33 p.m.
Another arrest has been made in the Texas Attorney General’s voter fraud investigation into the 2017 Edinburg municipal election, bringing the count up to 19 people.
Daniel David Castillo, 25, turned himself in to authorities Friday after an arrest warrant was issued for false statement on a voter registration application, a class B misdemeanor.
He was issued a $1,000 cash surety bond by Precinct 4 Place 1 Justice of the Peace Charlie Espinoza and was promptly booked in and out of jail.
Castillo is accused of listing an address in the 3200 block of Monroe Avenue on a voter registration application he completed on Oct. 3, 2017, when in actuality he did not live there and it was the address of his former employer, according to the probable cause affidavit.
The Monroe Avenue address lies within Edinburg city limits, thus making him eligible to vote in the 2017 election, which brought Mayor Richard Molina into office.
Castillo’s city of residence is listed as Houston per the Hidalgo County jail booking records, and the affidavit notes the Monroe Avenue homeowner told an investigator Castillo had moved to Austin after leaving the Rio Grande Valley. Castillo also previously lived in McAllen and Mission but never Edinburg, according to the affidavit.
Friday’s arrest comes two weeks after Molina and his wife, Dalia, surrendered to authorities April 25, the most high-profile arrests in AG’s investigation since the first arrests were made last May. They each face illegal voting felony charges, and the mayor also faces a felony engaging in organized election fraud charge.
Investigators with the AG’s Office and the Texas Rangers accuse the mayor of orchestrating a vote harvesting scheme to tip the election in his favor by recruiting non-Edinburg residents to change their voter registration addresses in order to be able to vote in the election.
Molina has denied these allegations.