Congress to probe political forgery

July 31, 2009 at 7:21 PM
1 of 2
| License Photo

WASHINGTON, July 31 (UPI) -- A U.S. House committee will investigate the forgery of a letter to a member of Congress purporting to be from an advocacy group, the committee chairman said.

Rep. Edward Markey, D-Mass. -- chairman of the Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming -- said Friday his panel would look into a letter sent by an employee of the Bonner & Associates political consulting firm to Rep. Tom Perriello, D-Va.

The letter, which was written on letterhead of a Charlottesville, Va., Latino organization Creciendo Juntos urged Perriello to make changes in greenhouse gas legislation, The Washington Post reported.

Bonner Associates founder Jack Bonner told the Post in an e-mail the company has fired a temporary employee after discovering the employee wrote the forged letter "contrary to our policies."

A spokeswoman for Perriello told the newspaper his office received five letters employing similar language purporting to be from the NAACP Charlottesville, Va., branch -- but none of the names signed on the letters matched actual members of the branch.

Related UPI Stories
Latest Headlines
Trending Stories
Ted Cruz campaign pulls ad featuring softcore porn actress
Report: Clinton Foundation subpoenaed by State Dept. watchdog over charity projects
Ruby Rose, Gigi Hadid react to Kanye West's lyric about Taylor Swift
Kristen Wiig impersonates Peyton Manning on 'The Tonight Show'
NYC police officer found guilty of manslaughter in Brooklyn stairway shooting