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Cattaraugus County Legislator Larry G. Mack was arrested Thursday by police on charges of filing false absentee ballot applications with the county Board of Elections.

Cattaraugus County sheriff's deputies placed Mack, 47, D-Humphrey, in handcuffs and drove him to the county jail in Little Valley, where he was fingerprinted and charged with 21 counts of first-degree offering a false instrument for filing.

The arrest climaxed several days of questioning of voters by a half-dozen sheriff's investigators who went door-to-door in Legislative District 6. The people had signed forms several weeks ago requesting absentee ballots.

Mack is accused of offering absentee ballot applications with the intent to defraud the Cattaraugus County Board of Elections to obtain absentee ballots for voters in District 6, which is the towns of Hinsdale, Humphrey, Ischua, Lyndon and Portville.

Mack was arraigned before Little Valley Town Justice Joseph A. Dry who released him on his own recognizance. Mack will enter a plea Wednesday in court.

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