Three elections officials in New York were charged this week in relation to nominating petitions submitted with forged signatures, according to Newsday.
The former chairman of the East Hampton Republican Party accused of submitting nominating petitions with dozens of forged signatures to the Suffolk County Board of Elections this summer, was charged Wednesday with 10 counts of second-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument and 10 counts of first-degree offering a false instrument for filing.
One of the petitions included the signature of a dead person, Suffolk County District Attorney Timothy Sini said.
Amos Goodman, 35, of East Hampton, pleaded not guilty to the charges at arraignment in First District Court in Central Islip and was released on his own recognizance. Goodman was ordered to return to court Feb. 6.
Goodman is accused of submitting petitions for Green Party Judicial candidates, an Independence Party candidate and a Republican candidate with at least 43 forged signatures, the district attorney said.
Along with Goodman, two Suffolk County Board of Elections employees are also charged with submitting forged signatures.
William Mann, 60, of Cutchogue, was charged with second-degree possession of a forged instrument first-degree offering a forged instrument for filing and two counts of official misconduct.
Gregory Dickerson, 55, of Mattituck, was charged Tuesday with two counts of possession of a forged instrument and two counts of offering a forged instrument.