NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — A Virginia woman is suing a Republican campaign staffer for $2.4 million, claiming her name was forged on a ballot petition.

Susan Lambert claims in a lawsuit filed last week that her name is among dozens forged by staff working for Republican Rep. Scott Taylor.

The names appeared on petitions that placed independent congressional candidate Shaun Brown on November's ballot. The Republican effort is widely seen as a strategy to split the Democratic vote in Virginia's competitive 2nd District.

The campaign staffer, Roberta Marciano, did not immediately respond to requests for comment on Facebook and LinkedIn. Norfolk Circuit Court records don't list a lawyer for Marciano.

In a separate lawsuit, Democrats succeeded in removing Brown from the race.

A prosecutor is also investigating the allegedly forged signatures.