Mayoral candidate Margareta Fratila admits information on her flyer is false and blames the mistake on a printing error (KRIS 6 News).
CORPUS CHRISTI -
A campaign flyer by mayoral candidate Margareta Fratila, who owns a local florist shop, listed false information about where she earned a master's degree.
Fratila listed a master's in business administration from Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, but Fratila has no degree from there, according to university records.
Records show Fratila attended three semesters – Spring of 1988 and 1990. Her third and final semester was in the fall of 2009.
When asked about the degree, Fratila blamed the error on a mistake at the print shop.
However, when 6 Investigates first contacted Fratila about the degree, she explained the reason the university is listed on the campaign flyer is because that's where she started the degree.
Records show Fratila completed the degree at Webster University.
The university is based out of St. Louis, but at one point, had a satellite campus at Naval Air Station Corpus Christi.
"I have nothing, nothing with A&M University. No,” Fratila said.
Fratila also claimed on the flyer to have received the 2008 Senatorial Committee Medal of Freedom.
The award actually is from the Republican Party; although, Fratila said people often confuse it with the country’s most prestigious award – the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
6 Investigates could find no record of Fratila receiving the Republican Party award, which is considered the party’s highest and most prestigious award. It’s often given to loyal donors within the Republican party who are esteemed within their professional line of work, said Michael Bergsma, Nueces County Republican Party Chair. Bergsma also couldn’t find a record of Fratila receiving the award, he said.
6 Investigates asked Fratila to bring the medal. Instead, she brought a photo of what she said shows her wearing the medal on the night she received it. Also pictured in the photo is former U.S. Senator Bob Dole and his wife, Elizabeth.
A program Fratila saved from that night doesn’t list her name or the names of any award recipients. The date on the program is 2004, which doesn’t match the campaign flyer information. It said 2008. That too was a misprint, Fratila said, and the errors have since been corrected.
Also, printed today in the League of Women Voter’s Guide Fratila said she’s a graduate of Texas A&M University. Records show she’s not, but when asked again about it she claimed to have a teaching certificate from the university. There is no record of that, according to a university official.