Former mayor allegedly exploited status as well-known party operative
An Arizona woman has been charged with using her status as a well-known Democratic operative to participate in an alleged ballot-trafficking scheme in the 2020 election that was featured in the film “2000 Mules.”
Guillermina Fuentes, 66, a former mayor of San Luis, Arizona, and a member of the Gadsden Elementary School board, was scheduled to appear before a court Thursday to enter her plea on charges of ballot abuse, conspiracy and forgery, the Associated Press reported. Her co-defendant has pleaded guilty to a reduced charge and awaits sentencing.
Ballot abuse is the practice known as “ballot harvesting,” which Arizona made illegal under a 2016 law. The crime is a felony punishable by up to two years in prison and a $150,000 fine.
The charges against Fuentes stemmed from a hidden-camera investigation by Arizona state Senate candidate Gary Snyder and San Luis activist David Lara, whose work was highlighted in “2000 Mules.”
“2000 Mules” is based on a lengthy investigation by True the Vote founder Catherine Engelbrecht, and data analyst and election intelligence expert Gregg Phillips using cellphone location data and surveillance video. As Engelbrecht told WND in a video interview, they uncovered what they describe as a highly coordinated operation in key battleground states carried out by left-wing groups that collected mail-in ballots and paid “mules” to stuff them in unattended drop boxes, typically in the middle of the night.
2000 Mules:— doryelocas (@doryelocas) May 29, 2022
Guillermina Fuentes, the Gadsden Elementary School District Board Member and Ex-Mayor of San Luis, Arizona, will appear in court next Thursday (June, 2) for a plea hearing. Fuentes was indicted for trafficking ballots in San Luis, Arizona. pic.twitter.com/EvdeZ0hj91
On Tuesday, Engelbrecht and Phillips presented evidence from their investigation to Arizona legislators and met with Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich.
The AP, reporting the Tuesday hearing, described Engelbrecht and Phillips as “election conspiracy theorists,” without naming them.
The wire service quoted Yuma Republican state Rep. Tim Dunn saying: “It’s all about corruption in San Luis and skewing a city council election. This has been going on for a long time, that you can’t have free and fair elections in south county, for decades. And it’s spreading across the country.”
The Gateway Pundit previously reported that in connection with the Yuma County probe, police served warrants and searched the home of an employee at a San Luis non-profit called Comité De Bien Estar, Gloria Torres.
The Arizona Republic also reported the police search and noted the non-profit’s executive director is chairman of the Yuma County board of supervisors. The warrant, the paper said, sought the cell phone of a San Luis councilwoman who may have been involved in illegal ballot collection.