Two Suffolk County election workers and local Independence and Republican party leaders were charged with forging signatures on nominating petitions in an attempt to boost the chances of GOP candidates, according to a Wednesday Newsday report.
Election workers William Mann and Gregory Dickerson along with Independence party leader Patricia Mansir and Republican party leader Amos Goodman allegedly wrote false names, some belonging to dead people, on Green Party, Independence and Republican nominating petitions to try to increase the chances for the GOP candidates.
All four have pleaded not guilty.
In a bizarre twist, as reported by the Southampton Press, Goodman accused the Independence party of forging signatures last summer, the same crime he seems to have committed.
District Attorney Tom Sini said that none of the candidates for whom the accused forged signatures won their races.