JAMESTOWN, R.I. (WPRI) — Two 18-year-olds have turned themselves in after being accused of faking signatures on nomination papers for a teenage Rhode Island gubernatorial candidate.

According to Jamestown Police Chief Edward Mello, Owen Lokey and Gracie Flynn allegedly conspired to forge signatures and submit papers on behalf of Zachary Hurwitz, who’s also 18.

Hurwitz, who says he’s attending the University of Rhode Island this fall, also filed to run for governor as an independent. State records show he received more than 1,000 validated signatures, qualifying him to be on the ballot in November.

Mello said Lokey and Flynn are charged with providing a false document to a public official and conspiracy.

A police investigation confirmed two signatures on the nomination papers were faked, after they received a complaint from the Jamestown Clerk’s Office which suspected the forgery.

Lokey and Flynn are scheduled to be arraigned Friday.

Hurwitz’s campaign released a statement Tuesday saying he was unaware of Lokey’s alleged actions.

“As part of the nomination process for Governor, Zachary Hurwitz was recently made aware that a person who collected a few signatures on Zachary’s behalf, Owen Lokey of North Kingstown, Rhode Island, was charged with providing and submitting false signatures. It is Hurwitz’s understanding that those signatures were rejected and therefore not included in those that were validated and certified by the Secretary of State. Zachary Hurwitz had no knowledge of Mr. Lokey’s efforts in providing and submitting false signatures, denounces any efforts to subvert the nomination process, and has been cooperating with investigators. Zach Hurwitz looks forward to continuing his efforts to campaign for RI Governor.”

The candidate’s father, Peter Hurwitz, tells 12 News that Lokey was a volunteer in early July but is no longer with the campaign, while Flynn has never interacted with the campaign.

He also said his son is currently in Tanzania climbing Mount Kilimanjaro and will be out of the country until Aug. 21.