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LOWNDES AND FORREST COUNTIES, Miss. (WCBI) – A candidate who ran for a seat to represent Mississippi District 102 is in hot water after facing charges of voter fraud.

Today, Attorney General Jim Hood stated, 28-year-old Cory Ferraez was indicted by a Lowndes County Grand Jury on two counts of voter fraud.

Ferraez has pleaded not guilty.

Ferraez is facing one count of swearing to a false application for an absentee ballot and one count for voting outside of his legal district.

Monday, Ferraez turned himself in.

If convicted he faces five years in custody of the Mississippi Department of Corrections and a fine for count one, and up to six months in jail and a fine on count two.

A trial date is set for February 26th.

Farraez’s attorney, Jase Farraez, released the following statement: “Mr. Farraez 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. Farraez at the time of the special election. Our goal is to anticipate a complete dismissal of the entire case.”

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