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Oneida man arrested for forging 2012 election petitions

— After being arrested, Karst was brought to Madison County Court where he plead guilty to one count of Criminal Possession of a Forged Instrument, a class D Felony, and one count of Making a Punishable False Written Statement, a class A Misdemeanor, and was sentenced to a term of sixty days in jail (to be served on weekends), five years probation, a $5,000 fine, resignation from his Independence Party position with a five-year ban, and not to seek relief from civil disabilities (even if eligible). Karst appeared before the Honorable John F. Lambert, Otsego County Court Judge and Acting County Court Judge for the County of Madison.

“At no time were candidates whose names appeared on the forged petitions aware of the actions of Karst,” noted the special prosecutor. “I commend Sheriff Riley and the investigators on this case for their thorough investigation of the case that made these results possible.”

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