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Crime & Courts

Lisle woman who allegedly forged signatures for COD campaign to enter diversion program

Rafath Waheed, 62, of the 6100 block of Hickory Drive, Lisle, pleaded guilty to submitting forged petitions to earn a seat on the College of DuPage Board of Trustees.
Rafath Waheed, 62, of the 6100 block of Hickory Drive, Lisle, pleaded guilty to submitting forged petitions to earn a seat on the College of DuPage Board of Trustees.

A Lisle woman charged with submitting forged signatures in an attempt to run for the College of DuPage Board of Trustees has entered the DuPage County State’s Attorney’s Office’s pre-trial diversion program.

Rafath Waheed, 62, of the 6100 block of Hickory Drive, pleaded guilty April 26 to felony counts of forgery and perjury, according to court records. However, if Waheed satisfactorily completes the program and does not receive another misdemeanor or felony conviction within one year of completion of the program, the State’s Attorney’s Office will then move to vacate the guilty plea and dismiss the charges against her, according to the guidelines of the program.

The State’s Attorney’s Office unveiled the program in 2012 as an opportunity for first-time, non-violent offenders to keep a felony conviction from being permanently entered on their record, according to the office.

In March 2017, Waheed was charged with felony counts of forgery, issuing a forged document and perjury. Prosecutors alleged that prior to Dec. 19, 2016, Waheed collected signatures on petitions for her to apply as a candidate for the COD board and at some point in time, made photocopies of two completed signature portions of the petitions and then completed the candidate information by hand, according to a past news release from the State's Attorney's Office.

Prosecutors alleged she notarized those petitions as authentic and filed the petitions, along with the originals, with the proper COD authorities. Her alleged scheme was uncovered during a hearing on an objection that was filed against her petitions.

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