Police say that Sahar Hekmati was impersonating a city employee and threatening business owners who showed support for certain mayoral candidates.
Candidate Vanessa Holiday said she anticipated losing campaign signs, but was stunned to learn someone impersonated the city’s code enforcement officer demanding a photography studio, nail salon and Mexican restaurant take down her signs or face a fine of $500.
Holiday said she learned of the interference from the real code enforcement officer.
“She came out to do an investigation. She gave them her ID and let them know that it was not her that removed those signs,” Holiday said.
Henry County police arrested Hekmati, a local businesswoman, and charged her with impersonating a public official. Police say the charge, depending on the severity, can be interpreted as either a misdemeanor or felony and is punishable by up to a year to five years in jail and/or a fine of $1,000.
It is unknown if Hekmati is connected to a campaign according to Fox5, but it looks like the pettiness and silliness displayed by the former 13th Congressional District Republican Party chairman hasn’t ended.