An investigation found 21 signatures on his nomination petitions were fraudulent.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A former city council candidate in West Virginia has been placed on two years’ probation after admitting to falsifying signatures on a nomination petition.

Timothy Aaron Metz, 44, pleaded guilty Thursday in Monongalia County Circuit Court to one count of falsely filing a certification of nomination, Secretary of State Mac Warner said in a statement.

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Metz was a candidate for the Morgantown City Council in 2019 but later withdrew, admitting that he “cut corners” in collecting the required signatures, the statement said.

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An investigation found 21 signatures on Metz’s nomination petitions were fraudulent, including the signature of one person who was deceased, the statement said.

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