Frederick Frazier, the Republican candidate for Texas House District 61, has been indicted on criminal charges of impersonating a public servant, following an investigation spurred on by accusations of sign-stealing during the Republican primary election earlier this year.
Frazier—a former McKinney City Councilman—is accused of impersonating a code compliance officer and instructing a local Walmart to remove the signs of his opponent in the runoff, Paul Chabot.
The accusations were investigated by the Texas Rangers, the state’s investigative police, in March and given to the Collin County district attorney. The case was then referred to a special prosecutor in nearby Delta County and presented to a Collin County grand jury.
On Friday, that grand jury elected to indict Frazier on criminal charges for impersonating a public servant, a third-degree felony.
Richardson police confirmed to Texas Scorecard that Frazier was booked and released on Friday.
The Dallas Police Department, where Frazier is a current police officer, told Texas Scorecard he had been placed on administrative leave following the indictment.
In a statement to WFAA, Frazier’s attorney, Robert Rogers, says Frazier has been a “dedicated public servant for 27 years,” adding that the “accusation that a public servant impersonated another public servant with less power and responsibilities defies logic and will not hold up in court.”