COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – In a March 22 story about charges faced by a former Ohio House page related to a letter prosecutors say he forged, The Associated Press erroneously reported that both charges were felonies. Carlos Arrigo faces one felony forgery charge and a second charge of attempted identity theft charge, which is a misdemeanor. Also, the story erroneously characterized Arrigo as Rep. Jim Butler’s one-time aide. Arrigo used Butler’s letterhead to write the letter but was not his aide.
A corrected version of the story is below:
A former Ohio House page faces charges related to a letter prosecutors say he forged in last year’s primary.
The Northeast Ohio Media Group reports the man who allegedly used the identity of state Rep. Jim Butler faces a felony forgery charge and a misdemeanor count of attempted identity theft. Carlos Arrigo is to be arraigned April 1 in a Franklin County court.
County Prosecutor Ron O’Brien tells the news organization the charges stem from a note Arrigo wrote on Butler’s letterhead purporting to offer the Dayton Republican’s support to Barb Cole of Hillsboro, who ran unsuccessfully against House Speaker Cliff Rosenberger in the 2014 primary.
Arrigo resigned this fall. O’Brien says he wrote the false letter because of an “internal squabble” with other House staffers, not to influence the election.
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