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Woman claims signature forged on petition, suit seeks $2.4M

September 5, 2018

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — A Virginia woman is suing a Republican campaign staffer for $2.4 million, claiming her name was forged on a ballot petition.

Susan Lambert claims in a lawsuit filed last week that her name is among dozens forged by staff working for Republican Rep. Scott Taylor.

The names appeared on petitions that placed independent congressional candidate Shaun Brown on November’s ballot. The Republican effort was widely seen as a strategy to split the Democratic vote in Virginia’s competitive 2nd District.

A judge on Wednesday removed Brown from the ballot, citing fraudulent signatures on the petitions.

The campaign staffer, Roberta Marciano, did not immediately respond to requests for comment on Facebook and LinkedIn. Norfolk Circuit Court records don’t list a lawyer for Marciano.

A prosecutor is also investigating the allegedly forged signatures.

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The headline of this story has been corrected to show the suit seeks $2.4 million, not $2.8 million.

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