By Bonnie Adams, Government Editor
Marlborough – Mark Evangelous, a former candidate for Councilor-at-Large, was indicted today on voter fraud charges.
According to Middlesex District Attorney Gerry Leone, Evangelous “intentionally forged a signature” of a deceased resident on an absentee ballot application before last November's municipal election.
According to Leone, Evangelous submitted the application to City Hall on Oct. 28. An official then examined the signature on the ballot and determined that the name was of a resident who had passed away earlier in the year. City Hall officials notified the Marlborough Police Department who then launched an investigation.
Officials also allege that Evangelous provided false information to police during the investigation.
Evangelous was indicted today by a Middlesex County grand jury on charges of forgery, uttering, and violating absentee voting laws. An arraignment date has not yet been set.
Mayor Arthur Vigeant issued a statement this afternoon in response to the charges levied against Evangelous.
“The city of Marlborough prides itself on dedicated and honest public service which is why I am so deeply troubled to learn of these allegations,” Vigeant stated.
“I want to assure the commonwealth and, more importantly, the citizens of Marlborough that having elections of the utmost integrity is of the greatest important to both my office as well as every elected official in our city. We will continue to fully cooperate with the authorities on this matter and we await the outcome of the judicial process.”