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VIDEO: Keyser signature collector avoids Denver7

Posted: 3:33 PM, May 23, 2016
Updated: 2016-05-23 20:34:32-04
VIDEO: Keyser signature collector avoids Denver7

The woman who turned in petitions with some signatures that Denver7 has identified as being forged, would only respond "No comment" when we met up with her late Monday morning.

In the last three weeks, Denver7 has exclusively reported a number of stories surrounding forged signatures on petitions that helped Republican Senate Candidate Jon Keyser qualify for the June 28 primary ballot.

We have confirmed with 13 voters that even though their names, addresses and signatures appear on the petitions, they never signed the forms. The same signature collector, Maureen Moss, turned in the petitions with each of those signatures.

Denver7 has made multiple attempts to reach Moss, but were unsuccessful until now.

Monday, investigators looking into the forged signatures wanted to speak with Moss, but when they met her she refused to answer their questions. Shortly after, Denver7 political reporter Marshall Zelinger tried to speak with her as she left her former employer's office.

"Marshall Zelinger," said Moss.

"Hi Maureen," said Zelinger.

"Hi, I have nothing to say to you. Have a great day," said Moss.

"Can you explain how forged signatures…" Zelinger asked.

"I said I have no comment," said Moss.

"I just want to get a clarification, did you know you turned in forged signatures?" asked Zelinger.

"You can get the clarification that I have no comment," said Moss.

"Did anybody…" said Zelinger.

"Have a great day before I call the police and we can have harassment charges," said Moss.

"Did you turn in forged signatures on your own?" asked Zelinger.

"I did nothing -- (horn blaring in background) -- get the f--- away from me," said Moss.

"Were you told to do this at all?" asked Zelinger.

"Get away from my van," said a man in driver's seat of the vehicle Moss got into. "You're not allowed by my van."

"Did anybody tell you to do anything like this?" asked Zelinger.

"F--- yourself," said the man in the driver's seat.

On May 3, Denver7 broke the story that a voter had her name forged on a petition for Keyser . Her name also appeared on a petition for Republican Senate candidate Jack Graham, which she confirmed that she signed.

On May 10, Denver7 broke the story that 10 voters confirmed with us that their names and signatures were forged on petitions for Keyser.

On May 11, Denver7 published the list of all names that appeared on petitions for all candidates who collected signatures to qualify for the ballot . The other candidates do to so were Colorado Springs businessman Robert Blaha and former Aurora City Councilman Ryan Frazier. Frazier did not have enough signatures validated to officially make the ballot, but remains on the ballot while the Colorado Supreme Court hears his appeal.

On May 12, Denver7 political reporter Marshall Zelinger interviewed Keyser, in a now-viral video that took place during a lunch break at a debate in Littleton.

On May 17, the Secretary of State's Office revealed that a petition staffer had warned the Secretary of State's Office in mid-April about concern over some signatures appearing to be written in the same handwriting. That staffer also identified the signature of a dead voter.

Also on May 17, Keyser took part in a Denver Post debate with the other Republican Senate candidates. After the debate, he spoke with Zelinger and provided more detailed answers than the week before.

On May 19, the Secretary of State's Office announced changes to internal policies so that Secretary of State Wayne Williams would be notified of concerns like this in the future.

Any changes to the signature verification process would have to be legislated at the State Capitol next year.