BEAUMONT (AP) — A man who Texas prosecutors say is in the United States illegally has been indicted by a federal grand jury for alleged voter fraud.
Authorities announced Friday that 57-year-old Mario Obdulio Orellana was indicted earlier this month on five counts, including voter fraud and false representation of U.S. citizenship.READ MORE: Remains Found Near Paul Quinn College ID'd As Missing Dallas Executive James Alan White
Prosecutors allege that Obdulio illegally entered the U.S. from El Salvador in the early 1980s and later used false documents to obtain a U.S. birth certificate, a U.S. passport and a social security number.READ MORE: Dallas County's Pop-Up COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic In Deep Ellum Just Right For Friday Night
Authorities also allege he registered to vote as a U.S. citizen and cast a ballot in the November 2016 election.
Obdulio faces up to 10 years in prison if convicted.MORE NEWS: Brazos River Authority Issues Warning About Potential Danger Of Algae In Lake Granbury
His court appointed federal public defender didn’t immediately return a phone call seeking comment.