Between November 15 and January 14, Racine, Wisconsin, native Mark Demet allegedly forged the signatures of seven people for a petition to recall state Senator Van Wanggaard, the Journal Sentinel reports.
According to the Journal Times, Demet forged the signatures using false identity authentication
. One victim, his brother Jeff, was unknowingly listed on the petition four times. Other signatures belonged to deceased man Ralph Peterson and his widow, Violet. As a result, Demet faces nine charges - two counts of election fraud and seven counts of felony identity theft. If convicted of all charges, he faces 50 years in prison and a $90,000 fine. "I'm certainly glad that they are prosecuting (Demet) demonstrating that we will not accept fraud in Racine County," blogger Ken Brown told the news source. Demet's ex-wife Kathy added that she believed he created the petition as a joke, and that he wouldn't do anything to "intentionally hurt anyone," as quoted by the media outlet. Demet's initial court appearance is scheduled for March 13.