Petition signature gatherer Maureen Moss pleads guilty to forgery on Jon Keyser petitions

Posted at 11:26 AM, Nov 17, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-18 00:53:18-05

DENVER -- A signature collector accused of turning in forged signatures on petitions for a U.S. Senate candidate pleaded guilty Thursday.

Maureen Moss pleaded guilty to two counts of forgery. 32 other charges were dismissed.

Denver7 uncovered 20 forged signatures. Investigators with the District Attorney's Offices in Denver, Arapahoe and Jefferson Counties found a total of 34 people who confirmed they did not sign their names and addresses on the petitions turned in by Moss.

Moss was collecting signatures to get former State Rep. Jon Keyser on the Republican primary ballot as a candidate for the U.S. Senate. Keyser got on the ballot, but came in fourth in the primary behind Darryl Glenn, Jack Graham and Robert Blaha.

Moss will be sentenced in January. Sentencing ranges from probation up to six years in prison.

Moss was paid for her signature gathering by Black Diamond Outreach.

A background check by Denver7 found Moss' criminal history dates back to at least 1997.

Court documents from New York reveal that Moss was charged with forgery after using her 76-year-old grandmother's credit card without her knowledge. She pleaded guilty to attempted forgery and was sentenced to five years probation.

In November of 2000, she was arrested and charged for selling cocaine to an undercover officer in Rochester, N.Y.

She pleaded guilty to the criminal sale of a controlled substance and was sentenced to three-to-six years of supervised parole.

In 2005, court records show that Moss was pleaded guilty to a charge of unlawful imprisonment and was sentenced to nine months in custody.


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