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Trial to Begin in Campaign Forgery Case

July 15, 2001|From Times Staff Reports

A civil trial is set to begin Monday for City Councilman Chris Steel, who is accused in a lawsuit of submitting forged signatures on his 1998 and 2000 nomination papers.

Michael Szkaradek, a Costa Mesa lawyer and accountant, filed suit May 29 in Orange County Superior Court asking that Steel be removed from the council.

Steel is also in the middle of a criminal trial over the same issue, and is charged with two felony counts of perjury.

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