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April 19, 2017      1:03 PM

Criminal complaint filed over fraudulent pro-school voucher letters

Former Rep. Hardcastle tells his local DA: “At a minimum, names have been improperly used. I believe it is more likely that laws have been broken."

As Texas House members continue to ask questions about the legalities surrounding those “fraudulent” pro-school voucher letters sent to their offices and after an investigation by WFAA TV in DFW, a GOP former lawmaker whose name was used on one of them has taken his concerns to prosecutors.

Former Rep. Rick Hardcastle, R-Vernon, first raised concerns about the letters last month when his name was among thousands used on pro-voucher letters sent to current rural Republican members of The Legislature.  “I'm not a voucher guy and everybody knows I'm not a voucher guy," Hardcastle said at the time.

Now, in a letter obtained by Quorum Report, Hardcastle has written to Wilbarger County District Attorney Staley Heatly requesting a criminal investigation.

By Scott Braddock

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