- Associated Press - Wednesday, July 13, 2016

LEWISTON, Maine (AP) - The Maine Ethics Commission has determined that the former chief of police in Lewiston falsified documents while trying to qualify for Maine Clean Election money.

The commission investigated William Welch after staff found inconsistencies in signatures he submitted and the ones that were on file with the secretary of state’s office.

Welch was running as a Republican for state senate at the time. His request for public money was denied.

The Portland Press Herald (https://bit.ly/29N3DIb ) reports the commission has no plans to take punitive action against Welch.

A spokesman says the attorney general’s office is reviewing the commission’s determination.



Welch says he “did something stupid” but wasn’t trying to defraud anyone.

He ended up dropping out of the race for state senate in June. He cited family medical issues.

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Information from: Portland Press Herald, https://www.pressherald.com

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