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Zayas previously found herself the subject of a post, which asserted weeks before she was hired that she would land the position as city spokeswoman. Zayas, however, said she applied for the job only after the position was opened, rejecting the idea of any wrongdoing on her part.

Molina has denounced the notion that he committed voter fraud and issued a press release last week that alleged the TV segment was politically motivated, biased and had been waged as a result of a political vendetta against him by former Justice of the Peace Mary Alice Palacios.

Palacios filed a lengthy complaint with the Secretary of State’s Office about a month after the election, alleging Molina and his supporters had conspired to swing the race through various methods, including changing voter addresses for people living outside the city limits so they could otherwise cast a ballot.

The Monitor obtained a copy of the complaint Monday, which includes more than 100 pages of affidavits, photographs, texts, public records and spreadsheets that allege malfeasance. Palacios painstakingly put together a case against the mayor and several of his supporters and sent it to the state’s election fraud division Dec. 6, according to the documents obtained.

“The work required to prepare the information thus far is not with the singular intent to change the results of the election; rather it is intended to highlight a much greater problem that will inevitably affect all future elections in Hidalgo County,” Palacios wrote. “We hope that this leads to a complete and thorough investigation, by you, the experts, as there (are) many concerning observations not outlined above.”

“Ultimately, the responsibility for registering to vote with accurate information lies with the voter who signed and attested to the truthfulness of the document,” he wrote. “If there were individuals who misrepresented themselves on their voter registration or change of address form, they are the ones who are liable.”

“We are aware of several Palacios family members and political supporters whose voter registration form does not represent their true address of residence, and if so, these voters committed voter fraud in every election that they have voted in with the false address,” Molina said in his statement.

The mayor and his attorney Rick Guerra, of Guerra Days Law Group, countered that Palacios was motivated to file a complaint because the city commission terminated an insurance contract with Nino Insurance Group, which they said is tied to Palacios.

Last week, Guerra sent a cease-and-desist letter to the Johnny Casey and Anonymous RGV Facebook pages on behalf of Molina and Edinburg Mayor Pro Tem David Torres for “disparaging remarks” made on the social media site and alleged defamation. Torres could not be reached for comment Monday.

“My clients are professionals in the local community and have worked tirelessly to build successful careers,” Guerra wrote. “Your defamatory statements involve false allegations clearly meant to impugn my clients’ honesty and integrity and to ruin and destroy, by any means possible … their name and reputation in the local community.”