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Las Vegas Man Gets Probation For Green Party Petition Fraud

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — A 56-year-old Las Vegas man who admitted falsifying signatures on petitions to qualify the Nevada Green Party for the 2016 general election ballot has been given a suspended prison sentence and placed on probation.

Clark County Judge Jerry Wiese sentenced Renaldo Johnson to 12 to 34 months but suspended the prison time as long as he stays out of trouble.

Johnson pleaded guilty earlier to one count of misconduct in signing, filing or altering a petition.

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He originally was indicted in 2016 on counts of 14 counts of the felony charge as well as one count of perjury for falsely declaring more than a dozen of the signatures he forged were legitimate.

Attorney General Adam Laxalt and Secretary of State Barbara Cegavske said Wednesday the sentence should help deter others from trying to undermine Nevada's electoral process.