Woman accused of turning in fake signatures arrested


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DENVER -- Maureen Moss, who is accused of turning in fake petition signatures for Republican U.S. Senate candidate Jon Keyser, was arrested Wednesday after a warrant was put out.

Moss, 45, is facing 34 felony charges for forgery of a public document. Investigators found 17 voters with forged signatures in Denver, 10 in Jefferson County and seven in Arapahoe County.  The Secretary of State's Office said Moss turned in 566 signatures, with 488 accepted as valid.

"Good. This woman's actions are unacceptable and I hope she quickly surrenders to law enforcement," Keyser said.

Moss was arrested at her home. She is due in court Thursday morning.

A Denver District Court judge in April ordered Keyser's name be placed on the ballot for the June Republican primary after the Secretary of State’s Office said he fell 86 signatures short.

Allegations then were brought to the Secretary of State’s Office that questioned some of the signatures submitted in order to qualify.

Keyser faced a lawsuit to not have his votes counted, but it was thrown out late last month.

"Currently, circulators are collecting signatures throughout Colorado on behalf of unaffiliated candidates and proposed ballot measures," Secretary of State Wayne Williams said. "Circulators should be aware it is illegal to forge or falsify names and that we will work with and support district attorneys with prosecution."

Five candidates will face off in the primary on June 28 to see who will go against Sen. Michael Bennet in November.

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