Frank DeJesus was charged Friday with six counts of second-degree forgery, five counts of second-degree false statement and one count of falsely certifying the administration of an oath. The forgery charges are felonies, each punishable by up to five years in prison and a $5,000 fine.
DeJesus, 58, was investigated by the chief state's attorney's office over allegations made by his opponent, Rep. Minnie Gonzalez, D-Hartford, that he committed fraud and intimidated illiterate, disabled and elderly voters to get his name on the ballot.
The warrants for his arrest allege that DeJesus signed the back of five petitions, though he did not gather the signatures. He also is charged with falsely certifying signatures on six petitions in his post as a justice of the peace. (AP)
DeJesus is an ally of Hartford Mayor Eddie Perez, a Gonzalez foe. Perez is now calling for him to drop out of the race.
"State House candidate charged with forgery." Associated Press 29 July, 2006.