Ex-City council candidate in WVa pleads to election fraud

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.

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.

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