Charges have been filed against an Ashtabula city council member who is accused of falsifying his address on his candidacy petition.
According to the Ashtabula County Prosecutor's Office, Councilman Reginald M. Holman was charged with election falsification and falsification of petition. Both charges are fifth-degree felonies.
Holman is a Ward 3 councilman who was elected to the position in November 2017.
Authorities said that prior to the election, Holman had filed petitions with the county to show he resided at a home located on the 1120 block of West 43rd Street in Ashtabula. Investigators later discovered Holman did not live at that address.
Officials did not say where he actually lives but Holman refuted the allegations.
“I don’t know what’s going on with Ashtabula. They are trying to tarnish my name, my family’s name and anything that I try to do positive,” Holman said. He maintains that he does indeed live at the location he listed on the documents.
According to county officials, Holman was only able to run for the Ward 3 position by filing a declaration of candidacy petition with a false address.
Holman was issued a court summons on Wednesday. A court date has not been set.