Forgery charges dropped for Ex-Wapato Mayor
WAPATO, Wash. - [Update] The Prosecutor's Office has asked for a case involving former Wapato Mayor Tony Guzman to be dismissed, after Guzman was previously arrested on charges of forgery.
The Yakima County Prosecutor's Office has decided Thursday not to press charges, releasing Guzman. Prosecuting Attorney Joe Brusic said Wapato Municipal Court could pick up the case.
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After a KIMA investigation, the former mayor of Wapato has been arrested on charges of forgery.
Last week an Action News investigation revealed a series of Facebook messages from an account former mayor Tony Guzman is accused of creating on a city computer using the mayor's city issued email address.
In the messages a woman asks "Tony" to create a document showing her mother had completed 40 hours of community service so she could give it to a judge. The account named "Tony Guzman" agrees and says, 'Ok, I can say she put in her hours at the food bank,’ and, ‘If you can stop by my office, I actually do it on City of Wapato letterhead.’
Wapato police interviewed the woman and her mother who police said admitted to using a letter prepared by Guzman which wrongfully stated she completed the community service to present in court.
Police arrested Guzman Wednesday. He is set to appear in court Thursday at 1:30 p.m.
Forgery is class C Felony. It is punishable by up to five years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000.