- Associated Press - Thursday, June 9, 2016

DENVER (AP) - A canvasser says she forged voter signatures while collecting petitions to help former state Rep. Jon Keyser qualify for Colorado’s Republican U.S. Senate primary, a Denver TV station reported Thursday.

Maureen Moss told KUSA-TV (https://on9news.tv/25OWDwH ) she initially denied forging signatures when questioned by her employer, a contractor to the Keyser campaign.

Moss was arrested Wednesday after being charged with 34 counts of forgery. She was released without bond Thursday pending a Monday hearing. An attorney listed for Moss in court documents couldn’t immediately be reached by telephone.

Asked by KUSA about the charges, Moss replied, “I have forged signatures, yes.”

Keyser’s campaign said it didn’t know about any forgeries until they were reported in the news media.

Denver District Attorney Mitch Morrissey alleges Moss submitted 34 forged voter signatures to Black Diamond Outreach. Moss told KUSA she denied any wrongdoing when her superiors asked about some suspect signatures. She said she was homeless at the time and feared losing her job.

Morrissey said registered voters in Denver, Arapahoe and Jefferson counties told investigators they never signed petitions for Keyser, even though their names appeared on notarized petitions submitted by Moss.

The investigation began after reports that fraudulent signatures were submitted to the secretary of state’s office by Keyser’s campaign - possibly jeopardizing Keyser’s chances of qualifying for the primary.

Secretary of State Wayne Williams initially ruled Keyser didn’t get enough signatures to make the primary. He reversed that ruling after Keyser obtained a court order saying he’d “substantially” met qualification rules.

Keyser faces El Paso County Commissioner Darryl Glenn and businessmen Robert Blaha of Colorado Springs, Ryan Frazier of Aurora and Jack Graham of Fort Collins in the June 28 primary.

The winner will face Democratic Sen. Michael Bennet in November.

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