Yes, you should speak with a lawyer first. Do not meet with anyone until you do and refrain from any further discussion here or in any other public forum or from any conversation except with your lawyer.
You absolutely need to speak through an attorney.
The common sense notion of "no harm - no foul" does not apply to forging a signature of a city employee.
By the way, you did intend to defraud in order to buy time.
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Don't post anything else online about this. You have already admitted too much. Don't speak to anyone else except the lawyer that you retain to assist you in this mess. I think you really need a criminal lawyer at this point. It is beyond a business issue. I will re-post it.
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You need counsel for two reasons. One, a case can be made that you did mean to defraud when you improperly affixed an official's signature. Two, to explain to you why when your fact pattern is somewhat unique, posting admissions online may lead to an Alexander day*.
* a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day.
Yes you absolutely need to speak to a lawyer before you go anywhere the inspector general. You have a serious criminal exposure to potential state and federal charges. You have also made a terrible mistake by discussing the facts of your case in a public internet forum. Never do that again. What you say to an attorney is strictly confidential. What you post on the internet, including on Avvo, is published to the entire world, including the inspector general and the United States Attorney, either of whom would be delighted to discover your posting.
Perjury and document felony charges are very likely.
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