'Batman' and 'The Joker' signatures forged

April 25, 2005 at 3:08 PM
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NEW YORK, April 25 (UPI) -- A former New York City Council candidate has admitted forging dozens of signatures, including those of the stars of the 1960s TV series "Batman."

Germania Taveras, who was trying to win Brooklyn's 37th District council seat in 2001, was exposed by a teenage volunteer who saw her fake petitions signatures on multiple occasions, the New York Post reported Monday.

José Monzon, an NYU student who worked for Taveras for a month, tricked her into forging the signatures of Adam West, who starred in the titular role of "Batman," and Cesar Romero, who frequently guest starred as "The Joker." West is not a resident of the district, and Romero died in 1994, but that didn't stop their names from appearing on the petition.

Taveras pleaded guilty last week in Brooklyn Supreme Court to offering a false instrument for filing, a felony that carries a maximum three-year prison sentence. But, in exchange for her guilty plea, she was ordered to perform 280 hours of community service.

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