Investigation launched after man's name found on 4 recall petitions
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Steve Chamraz reportsPhoto: Video by tmj4.com
RACINE - An investigation Thursday night into recall petition fraud after a man's name is found four times on a petition against a state senator.
TODAY'S TMJ4 talked to three people Thursday -- who say their names were forged on petitions to recall Van Wanggaard, including a woman who wonders if her son forged her name.
At first glance, you might think Jeff Demet has quite the axe to grind with his state senator.
Demet's signature appears four times on petitions to recall Van Wanggaard.
There's just one problem.
TODAY'S TMJ4's Steve Chamraz: "Did you sign that?"
Jeff Demet: "No, I didn't."
TODAY'S TMJ4's Steve Chamraz: "You apparently signed it a couple times."
Jeff Demet: "I didn't sign anything."
TODAY'S TMJ4's Steve Chamraz: "Well it's on there."
Jeff Demet: "But, I didn't do it."
Demet's name was first discovered by Tea Party activist Ken Brown. "We've been hearing stories for months about this Steve, where people say 'I signed 80 times' or 'I signed up Vickie McKenna or Mark Belling's name,'" said Brown.
In this case -- there appears to be a family connection. Jeff Demet's forged name appears on a petition apparently circulated by his brother, Mark.
TODAY'S TMJ4 stopped by his house Thursday night looking for some answers and after meeting his mother, Mary -- was left with even more questions.
Mary Demet also says a recall petition has her name on it, yet she didn't sign it.
TODAY'S TMJ4 hasn't heard back from Mark Demet. But he may soon be hearing from the Racine County Sheriff's Office. It has launched an investigation into the forged signatures.