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Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif. - Former Orange County Assessor Webster Guillory was convicted Wednesday of filing false nomination papers in a re-election bid for County Assessor in the June 2014 Orange County primary election.
Webster James Guillory, 71, Newport Beach, was found guilty by a jury of two misdemeanor counts of filing false nomination papers. The charges were previously filed as a felony and reduced to misdemeanors by the court over the objection of the Orange County DA, during a preliminary examination hearing.
At the time of the incident, Guillory was the four-term elected County Assessor for the Orange County Office of the Assessor.
According to the OCDA's office, on the afternoon of March 7, 2014, Guillory collected signatures on two petitions, nine on the first petition and two on the second. Guillory also received petitions circulated by his associate, who gathered and collected three full pages of 10 signatures each.
Knowing that he had not personally collected the signatures or witnessed them being written, Guillory signed his name on two of the 10-signature petitions collected by his associate under the affidavit that reads, "I circulated the petition and witnessed the signatures on this section of the nomination paper being written."
Shortly before the end-of-day filing deadline, Guillory fraudulently filed the two nomination papers at the Registrar of Voters, knowing the information each contained about who had personally circulated the petitions and collected the signatures was false.
According to the OCDA, the case was about upholding the integrity of elections and upholding the standards set for elected officials who serve the public.
Senior Deputy District Attorney Brock Zimmon of the Special Prosecutions Unit is prosecuting this