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Alaska woman receives two-year sentence for forging petition signatures

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Posted: Friday, December 21, 2012 12:16 am

FAIRBANKS — A woman who forged voter signatures on a petition to put a measure on the August election ballot accepted a two-year jail term and pleaded guilty to second-degree felony forgery Thursday morning.

As part of a plea agreement, Deborah A. Carroll, 39, pleaded guilty to one count of forgery and another five charges were dismissed.

The Alaska Sea Party hired Carroll to collect voter signatures for the initiative to place a measure on the ballot asking voters to re-establish an Alaska Coastal Management Program.

The measure went on the ballot because it had enough legitimate signatures, but it was defeated by voters in the statewide primary election.

Carroll is in custody pending her sentencing in April. She’s being held at Fairbanks Correctional Center, though her public defender is asking the Alaska Department of Corrections to move her to the North Star Center halfway house so she can take a class.

Contact staff writer Sam Friedman at 459-7545. Follow him on Twitter, @FDNMcrime.

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