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Would-be Niagara legislative candidate admits to welfare and petition fraud

Keith R. Lindsay, the would-be Niagara County Legislature candidate who forged signatures on nominating petitions and later was charged with food stamp fraud, pleaded guilty in both cases Wednesday.

Lindsay admitted to two misdemeanors: tampering with public records in the petition case, and offering a false instrument for filing in the welfare case. Lockport City Judge William J. Watson could sentence Lindsay to as long as two years in jail when he returns to court April 23.

As a condition of the plea, Lindsay, 33, is ineligible for public benefits for a year, the Niagara County District Attorney's Office said.

Lindsay, a Democrat, sought to run for legislator last year in Niagara Falls' 4th District, but was kicked off the ballot by the county Board of Elections.

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