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Man jailed after getting caught defacing recall petitions


WEST BEND, WI (WTAQ) - A 30-year-old man was sent to jail after he was caught defacing petitions seeking the recalls of Governor Scott Walker and Lieutenant Governor Rebecca Kleefisch.

According to police, the suspect stood in line outside a teacher's house in West Bend Sunday, appearing as if he wanted to sign the petitions. When it was his turn, police said he scribbled out some of the signers' names.

Recall organizers wrote down his license plate number as he drove away -- and police found him a short time later.

The man is in the Washington County Jail awaiting charges. Officials say he could appear in court today.

State officials have warned people that it's a felony to deface or destroy political petitions.

Last week, the Government Accountability Board and the Justice Department set up a joint arrangement to handle petition-related complaints.