|Published:||Oct 18, 2013 6:32 PM EDT|
|Updated:||Oct 18, 2013 6:41 PM EDT|
CAPE CORAL, Fla. - The Cape Coral mayor's name is on a city document. But did he sign it? Or did someone else? Now the Florida Department of Law Enforcement might be called in to investigate.
Councilman John Carioscia says the mayor says he didn't know how his name got on this document. Now, Carioscia thinks someone might of forged it, and he's on a mission to learn the truth.
The document, a Certificate Aa To Public Meetings, is from August 26th. It appears to have the mayor's signature on it.
But councilman John Carioscia says he's not so sure the mayor himself signed it. "What we have to do is determine who did this and why," he said.
Carioscia says it started in Lee County court last week, where people were questioning the city's fire assessment fee.
"It's reported that the mayor in his closing arguments of the validation had stated that a document that was presented as evidence, which is the "certificate as to public meetings" contained a signature which is not his," Carioscia said.
The mayor himself won't comment on the matter, pending an investigation.
"It puts a cloud on the clerks office here, because they had access to this document. It puts a cloud on the council," Carioscia said.
The next step is for an outside agency, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement to investigate. "Getting a forensic handwriting analyst in here, and they'll sit down with different signatures by different individuals who had access to this document and have him render a finding on who's signature that is."
The document with the alleged forgery on will not have any impact on any city matter or the fire assessment itself.
FDLE tells WINK News they are aware of the allegations, but have not received an official request for an investigation at this time.