ROCKWALL – A Rockwall County grand jury has indicted a second member of the politically-involved Medrano family of Dallas on election fraud allegations.
Sylvia Medrano, 36, a supervisor in the Dallas County district clerkâ€™s office, is accused of voting seven times since 2008 in city and county elections when she did not live in the precinct where she was voting.
Illegal voting is a third-degree felony punishable by up to 10 years in prison and a maximum fine of $10,000.
The Texas Attorney General moved the investigation to Rockwall last year after Dallas County Commissioners asked the Attorney General to take on the case. A majority of commissioners in office at the time claimed Democratic District Attorney Craig Watkins was reluctant to do so.
Medrano surrendered last Thursday at the Rockwall County Jail and posted bond.
Raquel Medrano, 22, was also indicted in March by a Rockwall Co. grand jury on one count of voting in a precinct where she does not live.
The Medrano family includes Dallas ISD School Board President Adam Medrano, Dallas City Council member Pauline Medrano and her brother, Dallas County Justice of the Peace Carlos Medrano. A Dallas ISD elementary school is named after their mother, Esperanza “Hope” Medrano Elementary School.
Earlier this year, the investigations began after a Dallas County court of inquiry was ordered to investigate whether Carlos Medrano violated election law by encouraging his niece, Raquel Medrano, and her sister, Veronica Medrano, to lie on voter registration applications in order to vote illegally in his primary contest against Luis Sepulveda.
In sworn testimony, Veronica Medrano said her uncle asked her to vote for him using an Oak Lawn address where she did not live.
Sylvia Medrano is registered to vote using the address of a house on the 2300 block of Knight Street in Dallas, according to election office records. The house, which is owned by Medrano Properties Ltd., is in the voting precinct of Adam, Carlos and Pauline Medrano.
However, property records show that Sylvia Medrano is the owner of a house in the 3800 block of Cortez Dr. in Dallas, which is in a different voting precinct. She has owned that house since 1996.
By J.J. Smith, Publisher