Forged Signatures Lands Coastal Management Program Petitioner in Hot Water

KMXT Staff Report

A Fairbanks woman hired as a petitioner by the Alaska Sea Party has been charged with submitting fraudulent signatures and four other misdemeanor and felony charges.

When Deborah A. Carroll submitted the fraudulent petition booklet, the Alaska Coastal Management Program initiative committee was suspicious did not pass it on to the Division of Elections. Instead, they sent it to the Department of Law.

Carroll admitted to police that she forged the signatures of people whose names she took from the phone book.

The petition seeks to reinstate the Coastal Management Program that expired last June. The Division of Elections says that the fraud will not affect the filing of the initiative petition as the forged signatures were never counted as part of the final tally. The initiative will likely appear on the statewide ballot later this year.

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