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False date raises questions in Ill. Congress race
|Last Edited||RP Oct 15, 2008 12:23pm|
|Media||Newspaper - Chicago Tribune|
|News Date||Tuesday, October 14, 2008 06:20:00 PM UTC0:0|
|Description||Aaron Schock, a Republican state lawmaker making a strong bid for an open U.S. House seat in central Illinois, once notarized documents with false dates while helping his parents set up tax shelters, his own father testified in federal court. |
The backdating raises the possibility Schock committed official misconduct, a misdemeanor under state law.
The issue came up in the July trial of three people accused of selling sham trusts and financial packages. The Schocks were victims of the scheme and were accused of no wrongdoing.
But as a notary public, Schock was required to provide accurate information about witnessing documents being signed. Schock declared that he witnessed the documents being signed on Jan. 1, 2000, but they weren't actually signed until more than a year later.
In a brief interview with the AP, he didn't dispute testimony that he used the wrong date.
He suggested that using a false date isn't improper and that a notary simply verifies the identity of the person signing a document.
"That's illegal," said Gerrie Pierre-Fleurimond, a longtime notary who runs a New Jersey-based training school for notaries. "To backdate a document ... is illegal. You have to notarize for the current date."
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