2001 Oregon – Criminal Conviction – Paul Frankel and James Gurga
Paul Frankel and his accomplice, James Gurga, used a “bait and switch” technique. They had a fake petition that called for lowering gas taxes which they kept on the top of their clipboards at Lloyd Center Mall in Portland. After people signed it, they would tell them that they had to “verify” their signature by signing all the pages underneath. What the signers didn’t know is that they had fooled them into unwittingly signing real petitions. Frankel and Gurga pleaded guilty to fraud charges and election law violations.