State Representative Fred Frazier, hailing from North Texas, has announced his intention to plead guilty or no contest to charges accusing him of impersonating a public servant and removing his political opponent’s campaign signs. Last year, Frazier allegedly engaged in these activities, and now he is prepared to face the consequences.
According to Hopkins County District Attorney Will Ramsay, Frazier will enter a plea of no contest to two charges of attempted impersonation of a public servant, which is classified as a class A misdemeanor. Additionally, he will plead guilty to the charge of criminal mischief, a class C misdemeanor. It should be noted that the maximum fine for each of the first two charges is $4,000, while the last charge carries a maximum fine of $500.
In an email addressed to the complainant in the case, Ramsay informed them of Frazier’s intended pleas. Rumors have circulated that Frazier, who has served in the Dallas Police Department for an impressive 28 years, will resign from his position on Monday, December 4th, 2022.
Despite these legal troubles, Frazier can still continue to fulfill his duties as a State Representative, as his charges only amount to misdemeanors. Had he been convicted of a felony, expulsion from his position would have been a likely consequence. This distinction allows Frazier to maintain his role in the Texas House of Representatives, albeit under a cloud of controversy.
The incident that led to these charges initially unfolded in June 2022 when Frazier turned himself in for allegedly impersonating a code enforcement officer. It is claimed that he used this guise to remove his primary opponent’s campaign signs in February of the same year. The Texas Rangers began investigating Frazier following a police report filed by his primary runoff opponent, Paul Chabot, who alleged that his signs had been stolen.
Chabot revealed that a Walmart store manager informed him that an individual identifying themselves as a code compliance officer from the city of McKinney had insisted that the signs were not in compliance and needed to be removed. However, when Chabot sought clarification from the city manager, he was assured that his signs were indeed acceptable. Two days later, one of Chabot’s campaign signs vanished from the Walmart, prompting him to file a police report.
As this legal saga unfolds, Frazier’s political future remains uncertain. The outcome of his pleas and any further consequences he may face will undoubtedly reverberate throughout the North Texas political landscape.