The resignation letter of Riverside County Supervisor Roy Wilson appears to have been a forged.
That's right dear readers, the signature on Roy Wilson's letter of resignation from the Riverside County Board of Supervisors does not appear to match Roy Wilson's signature on other public documents.
But don't take our word for it. Take a look for yourself.
Attached are Roy Wilson's purported resignation letter and three of his campaign financial filing forms. One filing is from 2006, another from 2007, and the last from July 17, 2009 --- only a month before Wilson's resignation letter dated August 20, 2009.
We figured that the campaign filings would be the best source to find an authentic Roy Wilson signature to compare to the letter.
First, there are multiple signatures to compare there. Secondly, those forms are signed under penalty of perjury, making them more unlikely to be signed by someone that was not indeed Roy Wilson.
So which one of these four signatures dear readers would you say doesn't belong with the others?
It is clear to any fair minded person that all of the above the campaign documents were signed by that the same person, presumably former County Supervisor Roy Wilson.
However none of those signatures appear to match the signature on Roy Wilson's letter of resignation. The signature on the resignation letter is not even similar to the other three signatures on Wilson's campaign filings.
As you can see from examining the documents, Wilson's signature on the three campaign filings all have very clear similarities. The first being the very distinct way Wilson wrote the letter "R" in his first name. The second being the long trailing line coming off the "n" at the end of his last name that makes it look more like a "y" than the letter "n".
Now look at the resignation letter. The "R" is nothing like "R" of Wilson's hand writing in any way, shape, or form. That's a pretty big discrepancy. But so is the way the line trails off on the "n" of his last name. Instead of trailing off the left like a "y", it doesn't trail off at all.
At this point all of the folks who oppose the appointment of John Benoit to the Board of Supervisors will get all giddy and email this around hoping the mainstream corporate media will begin their own journalistic investigations into the authenticity of Roy Wilson's resignation letter.
Have at it kids, just remember it was Inside Riverside, the blog you all love to hate, that broke this story first.
Also at this point all of Benoit's supporters will feign righteous indignation and ask how Inside Riverside could be so callous as to attack the resignation and last wishes of a good and decent man like Roy Wilson, et cetera and so on.
So let's get the point, shall we? Frankly no one really cares to read the sophomoric and incoherent comments of those mindless hacks, so we shall spare our good readers the pain of their partisan rants by addressing their oral diarrhea without further haste.
Inside Riverside is not attacking the memory of Roy Wilson. We are defending it!
If someone other than Roy Wilson signed his name to his resignation letter then that is the person who has sullied Roy Wilson's good name.
And yes, it is that odd resignation letter that spurred us to take a closer look at it. When Roy Wilson resigned from office he knew his condition was terminal. He left knowing he only had days, maybe weeks, to live.
Which is what makes the resignation letter odd in the first place. Wilson had reached the end of the line and he knew it. Most people when they get to that point, even those who have not lived the best lives, attempt to make whatever things right that they can. So it was odd that rather than making amends with his political rival Jim Battin that Wilson would elect to continue the feud.
Now we are supposed to believe this is the same Roy Wilson who by all accounts was a decent and consummate gentlemen. It's hard to believe that in his last days on earth he would exacerbate a political squabble.
That's not the Roy Wilson that so many people knew and loved.
Roy Wilson would likely have made amends and let bygones be bygones. But the resignation letter didn't do that. Instead it created a political controversy by asking the Governor to appoint State Senator John Benoit as his replacement.
So why would Roy Wilson do something so markedly out of character as his last official action on the Riverside County Board of Supervisors? It doesn't make sense.
But if Wilson did not write or sign his resignation letter that would explain why this document is out of alignment with Roy Wilson's character.
And besides the signature discrepancy there are two other things that make us believe that the letter could be a completely fraudulent document.
1. Roy Wilson's resignation was hand delivered to the Board of Supervisors. It was driven all they way from Indio to Riverside. Why not fax it in to the Board? That would still be a legal method to deliver the letter.
Well, you might say that Wilson would want his letter to be in pristine condition since it was the last official act of his political career. If that was the case, then Wilson could have faxed it in and mailed the original to the Board of Supervisors, like most lawyers do with legal documents.
But if the letter was fraudulent then faxing it or mailing it would have been a federal crime, wire or mail fraud, depending on the method of delivery.
Since the letter asks for the appointment of Senator John Benoit to the Board of Supervisors, the letter would be helping Benoit gain financially, which is where the federal law on mail and wire fraud would come into play.
2. Wilson did not call any of the members of the Board of Supervisors to let them know he was going to resign. The receipt of the letter was how Wilson's fellow Supervisors found out. Again this seems very out of character for Roy Wilson to inform his colleagues of such a major decision in such an impersonal and cold manner.
However, there are those in Riverside County government who believe Roy Wilson was in a coma or somehow incapacitated that day. If that were true he could not have signed his resignation letter. It would also explain why he didn't call any of his colleagues, who were all his friends, as to why he was so suddenly leaving office.
And even if Wilson was not in a coma, it is likely given the severity of his condition at the time that he would have been taking some very strong medication. A person taking such medication or sedatives to ease their pain is legally incapacitated regardless of the state of consciousness.
If any resignation letter was signed by Wilson while he was in such an incapacitated condition it would not be legal.
So there you have it dear readers. Signatures you can check and facts to back up the possibility that Roy Wilson's resignation letter may have been a forgery and a fraud.
We will continue to look into this matter and hopefully find out what exactly happened here and why.