No criminal investigation into forged signatures yet
BATON ROUGE - There has yet to be any formal criminal investigation into forged signatures on the St. George incorporation petition, but that could change if someone files a complaint.
WBRZ.com first reported issues with three names overnight Thursday. Three people said they received a mailer, notifying them they had signed the petition and were being requested to remove their name. Names were obtained through a public records request and sent mailers by people against the incorporation.
St. George organizers said they know who the two rogue volunteers are following an internal investigation and were likely going to turn the names over to authorities.
"Someone using my name is no different than someone using my credit card, signing my name and walking out of the store," said Ronald Cain, who said his name was forged on the document.
Friday, opponents of the St. George organization established a website that has cataloged the names of people who have signed the petition and offers ways for them to file for their names to be removed.
The East Baton Rouge Parish Registrar of Voters is verifying the names and signatures on the petition and could release if enough names were collected to put the issue up for a vote sometime next week. The election would be in the fall.
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