Release: Request for Criminal Investigation of Jon Keyser

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, May 12, 2016
CONTACT: Alan Franklin, Political Director at alan@progressnowcolorado.org

DENVER: After an in-depth media investigation confirmed ProgressNow Colorado’s suspicions of extensive fraud in Republican U.S. Senate candidate Jon Keyser’s petitions, [1] the organization called for a criminal investigation into Keyser for apparent forgery of signatures in order to qualify himself for the Republican primary ballot in Colorado. The request (available here, printed below) was submitted this morning to both the Denver and Jefferson County District Attorneys.

“After our investigation into petition fraud committed by Jon Keyser’s campaign, which has been confirmed by a media investigation beyond our worst fears, we are asking two district attorneys with jurisdiction over the forgery cases uncovered to pursue a criminal investigation of Jon Keyser and his campaign immediately,” stated Alan Franklin, political director of ProgressNow Colorado. “Colorado voters must have full confidence in the integrity of the election process.”

“It’s not enough to prosecute the forgery cases the local media has already uncovered, although that is obviously where prosecutors must begin,” said Franklin. “It’s critical now that the investigative resources are brought to bear to determine the full extent of the fraud committed by Keyser’s campaign. A crime has been committed against every Colorado voter, and it must not be allowed to stand.”

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May 12, 2016

The Honorable Mitch Morrissey
Denver County District Attorney
Denver District Attorney’s Office
201 West Colfax
Denver, CO  80202
Fax: (720) 913-9035

The Honorable Peter Weir
Jefferson County District Attorney
500 Jefferson County Parkway
District Attorney Building
Golden, CO  80401
Fax: (303) 271-6888

Dear District Attorneys Morrissey and Weir,

We are asking for an investigation by your respective offices of Jon Keyser, a Jefferson County resident, into a pattern of fraudulent activities by his campaign to qualify himself for the Republican primary ballot for the U.S. Senate.  This pattern of forgery by Keyser’s campaign appears to be multiple violations of criminal law as explained below.

On May 3, 2016 it was reported in multiple media outlets that Keyser’s campaign had collected one or more fraudulent signatures in the Jefferson County, part of the First Congressional District, to qualify himself for the Republican primary ballot for the U.S. Senate.

Earlier this week, on May 10, 2016, Denver’s Channel 7 again reported that there were at least 10 acts of fraud in conjunction with Jon Keyser’s campaign including acts that were committed in both Jefferson County and Denver County parts of the First Congressional District, with many more potential fraudulent signatures yet to be examined. KMGH Channel 7 last night ran an additional story asking the public to examine petitions to see if their own names were fraudulently added, and reported at least one other person who claimed not to have signed Keyser’s petition.

We have standing to submit this request for a criminal investigation pursuant to Section 13-101 of Title 1 of the Colorado Revised Statutes (CRS) that states: “Any person may file an affidavit with the district attorney stating the name of any person who has violated any of the provisions of this code and stating the facts which constitute the alleged offense. Upon the filing of such affidavit, the district attorney shall forthwith investigate, and, if reasonable grounds appear therefore, he shall prosecute the violator.”

Jon Keyser oversees his campaign which appears to have forged signatures in order to qualify himself for the ballot which is a violation of criminal law.  Pursuant to Section 13-106 of the Title 1 of the CRS states:  “Any person…who forges any name of a person as a signer or witness to a petition or nomination paper…commits forgery as set forth in section 18-5-102 of the CRS and shall be punished as provided in section 18-1.3-401.

These fraudulent signatures were submitted by Jon Keyser to the Colorado Secretary of State on March 31, 2016.  Pursuant toSection 5-102 of Title 18 of the CRS “A person commits forgery, if, with intent to defraud, such person falsely makes, completes, alters, or utters a written instrument which is or purports to be, or which is calculated to become or to represent if completed…. (d) A public record or an instrument filed or required by law to be filed or legally fileable in or with a public office or public servant…”

Under this statute, forgery is a class 5 felony which, pursuant to Section 1.3-401 of Title 18 of the CRS, the presumptive penalty upon conviction is “One to two years plus one year of parole”.

Note that this is not the first time questions of fraud have come up with Jon Keyser, while he has lived in Jefferson County.  Three years ago Keyser undermined the integrity of the Jefferson County Clerk claiming that he had evidence to the “failed system” of voter fraud.  The Jefferson County Clerk was forced to defend their balloting system, and the Delta County Clerk later showed that Keyser’s claim was false.

We ask that you pursue a criminal investigation of Jon Keyser and his campaign immediately. Colorado voters must have full confidence in the integrity of the election process.

Sincerely,

Alan Franklin
Political Director, ProgressNow Colorado
Resident of Jefferson County, Colorado