By Jon Delano

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — New charges have been filed against State Sen. Jane Orie.

District Attorney Stephen Zappala has filed 16 additional counts against her.

The discovery of a forged signature on office documents led Judge Jeffery Manning to declare a mistrial in the original Orie case.

The new charges include two counts of forgery, six counts of perjury, six counts of tampering with or fabricating evidence, one count of obstructing the administration of justice and one count of improper campaign reporting.

These charges include both felonies and misdemeanors.

The DA claims that Orie tried to exonerate herself from responsibility by submitting a forged document that appears to have her chief of staff take the fall for campaign work in her office.

The forgery counts accuse Orie of knowingly submitting that forged document in court while the perjury counts accuse Orie of lying under oath about her campaign headquarters.

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