Thursday, December 2, 2021

Former NY County GOP Chair Sentenced To Jail For Voter Petition Fraud

A Former Chair of New York's East Hampton Town Republican Party, was Sentenced recently to Jail, for his part in a Scheme involving the Forging of Signatures on Nominating Petitions in 2018, Suffolk County District Attorney, Tim Sini said.

The former East Hampton Town Republican Party Chair, has been sentenced to 45 days in Jail, District Attorney Tim Sini's Office said.

According to Sini's Office, Amos Goodman, 38, pleaded Guilty on May 4th to One Misdemeanor Charge for Violating Election Law, and Three Counts of Disorderly Conduct, Violations.

On Nov. 22nd, he was Sentenced to a $1,000 Fine on the Misdemeanor Conviction, and Three Consecutive 15-day Terms of Imprisonment for the Violations.

Four Individuals were Charged with Forging more than 50 Signatures on Nominating Petitions during the 2018 Election, some of which were from Individuals who are Deceased, Sini said.

William Mann, 63, and Gregory Dickerson, 58, of Mattituck, both of whom worked for the Board of Elections at the time, pleaded Guilty to One Count of Disorderly Conduct on September 19th, 2019, and were Sentenced to a $250 Fine.

Patricia Mansir, 75, of East Hampton, then Vice Chairperson of the East Hampton Town Independence Party, and former East Hampton Town Councilwoman, was Charged with Four Counts of Second Degree Criminal Possession of a Forged Instrument, a Felony, and Four Counts of First Degree offering a False Instrument for Filing, a Felony, Sini said. Her Case is still Pending, Sini said.

"Through their alleged actions, the defendants corrupted the democratic process and violated the public's trust," Sini said. "This brazen scheme to get preferred candidates on the November 2018 ballot by any means necessary included the alleged filing of petitions with forged signatures, some of which included forged signatures of deceased individuals."

After receiving Complaints from Representatives of the Suffolk County Green Party, the East Hampton Town Republican Party, and the East Hampton Town Independence Party, the District Attorney's Office's Public Integrity Bureau, launched a Comprehensive Investigation into the Allegations, Sini said.

The Investigation revealed Evidence of Schemes in which the Defendants knowingly Possessed and Submitted Nominating Petitions containing Forged Signatures, Sini said.

Mann was Charged with Official Misconduct for allegedly Falsely Representing to Voters that he was working in his Official Capacity as an Employee of the Board of Elections to Collect Signatures, on behalf of the Green Party, Sini said.

Just days after Amos Goodman, former East Hampton GOP Party Chair was Arraigned on Forgery Charges, the East Hampton Republican Committee named Manny Vilar as the New Chairman.

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