Former Hattiesburg candidate indicted for voter fraud

Cory Ferraez (Source: Mississippi Attorney General's Office)

JACKSON, Miss. (WTOK) - Cory Ferraez, of Hattiesburg, who ran for state representative, has been indicted by a Lowndes County jury on two counts of voter fraud. The 28-year-old turned himself in this week.

Ferraez was charged with swearing to a false application for an absentee ballot and with voting outside of his legal district. He faces up to five years in the custody of the Mississippi Department of Corrections and a $5,000 fine for count one and up to six months in jail and a fine of $200 on count two, if convicted.

Ferraez pleaded not guilty to both charges, and his arraignment was waived. A trial date was set for February 26, 2018.

Jace Farraez, identifying himself as Cory Farraez's attorney sent a statement Thursday:

"Mr. Ferraez looks forward to vigorously defending himself from this alleged charge. The State Board of Elections Commission has already looked into this matter and cleared Mr. Ferraez at the time of the special election. Our goal is to anticipate a complete dismissal of the entire case."