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Former partner of state lawmaker files forgery allegations complaint

Melissa Jarrell has filed a complaint with the North Carolina Board of Elections against Sen. Julia Boseman, D-Hanover, alleging her name was forged on campaign finance reports.

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WILMINGTON, N.C. — A bitter break up for a state lawmaker has resulted in a complaint filed with the North Carolina Board of Elections.

Sen. Julia Boseman, D-Hanover, and her former domestic partner Melissa Jarrell have fought through a very public and bitter separation for nearly a year. Lawsuits have been filed over custody of their son and over a house they shared that foreclosed.  Allegations of drug use have also surfaced.

Then, Monday, Jarrell filed a formal complaint against Boseman with the Board of Elections. Jarrell claims that on several occasions her name was forged on Boseman's campaign finance reports.

During their relationship, Jarrell served as treasurer of the campaign. Yet, she cites at least eight reports where someone else signed her name. That is a serious allegation because it is a felony to knowingly file campaign reports with false information.

Boseman talked with WRAL News late Monday. She said Jarrell gave the campaign authorization to use her signature.

The Board of Election is investigating the allegations. Boseman claims Jerrell's complaint is part of an ongoing attempt by her ex-partner to ruin her reputation.