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Felony arrest warrant issued for former Brooksville council candidate

BROOKSVILLE — Community activist and former Brooksville City Council candidate Paul Boston faces two felony charges, alleging that he presented falsified documents to the county elections office in order to meet the requirements to run for public office.

Brooksville police Chief George Turner said that the State Attorney's Office issued an arrest warrant for Boston on Wednesday. The warrant has yet to be served because Boston has been out of the county.

However, Turner said that he spoke with Boston late Wednesday and was told that he plans to turn himself in sometime today.

A reporter's calls to Boston's cellphone were not returned Thursday.

Boston became the subject of a state attorney's investigation soon after he filed as the only challenger for Seat 3 on the City Council, which is held by Joe Johnston III. In an affidavit, he claimed to have met the one-year residency requirement to qualify as a candidate.

However, a police investigation found a discrepancy in Boston's claim that he had lived with his daughter, LaRhonda Travick, at Hillside Estates prior to moving into another unit there.

According to Turner, Travick said she wasn't the author of the affidavit that Boston presented to election officials, but instead had signed a different document written by Boston that she never read.

Turner also said police learned that Deron Mikal, a notary public and a friend of Boston's, witnessed the affidavit, even though Travick wasn't present before him to sign the document or provide identification — two requirements to make the document legal.

Boston was disqualified from the race this month when election officials determined he was not eligible to run. Johnston won the seat uncontested.

Boston has been active in community affairs in south Brooksville for a number of years. Most recently, he organized the community's Juneteenth Historical Festival.

He initially refused to comment on his disqualification, but in an email sent to media outlets two weeks ago admitted that "the problems of the affidavits were of my own making." He also accused city officials and the Brooksville Housing Authority of throwing up roadblocks in an effort to halt his candidacy.

Meanwhile, Turner said that he has filed a complaint with the state against Mikal that could eventually lead to civil charges, a fine or the loss of his notary privileges.

Logan Neill can be reached at (352) 848-1435 or lneill@tampabay.com.

Felony arrest warrant issued for former Brooksville council candidate 06/28/12 [Last modified: Thursday, June 28, 2012 8:37pm]
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