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Metz pleads guilty to falsifying signatures

CHARLESTON — A former Morgantown resident who admitted to falsifying signatures to become a candidate for Morgantown City Council in 2019 pleaded guilty to the felony Thursday in Monongalia County Circuit Court, Secretary of State Mac Warner said.

Timothy Aaron Metz, 44, was investigated after municipal election officials alerted the secretary of state’s office he may have falsified his candidate certificate of announcement, which in Morgantown requires signatures of a certain number of residents. The investigation found 21 of 75 signatures on Metz’s nominating petitions were fraudulent, including the signature of a deceased person, Warner said.

Metz withdrew in March, admitting he “cut corners” in collecting the required signatures to get his name on the ballot. In September, Metz was indicted for election fraud by the grand jury in Monongalia County.

He pleaded guilty before Judge Philip Gaujot to falsely filing a certification of nomination and was placed on a pre-trial diversion and under supervised probation for 24 months.

“Election fraud at any level of government will never be tolerated in West Virginia,” Warner said.

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