Forger-turned-secretary returns to forgery, gets 10 years
by Associated Press
Published: October 31,2012
Tags: attorney, bench, court, crime, criminal, decision, embezzlement, forger, forgery, habitual offender, judge, judicial, judiciary, law, law firm, lawyer, legal, prison, ruling, secretary, sentence
BATESVILLE — A 40-year-old Sardis woman has received a 10-year prison sentence after a Panola County Circuit Court jury convicted her of forging a court document.
The Commercial Appeal reports Samantha Johnson was convicted after fewer than 15 minutes of deliberation. Judge Jimmy McClure immediately sentenced her to 10 years for composing the fictitious Chancery Court divorce document.
Johnson, while a secretary for a Batesville law firm, was accused of forging signatures on the document, including a deputy clerk’s signature, and presenting the document to a client claiming the document had been approved and filed.
Johnson was sentenced as a habitual offender because she had previously been convicted of nine other felonies, including seven convictions of forgery and two embezzlement convictions.
To sign up for Mississippi Business Daily Updates, click here.
Top Posts & Pages
- Chris McDaniel gets a thank you note from Travis Childers
- Senate passes teacher pay raise legislation
- Lawmakers debating alternative to Medicaid expansion
- Pickering collects more money from failed beef plant project
- The First acquiring Alabama bank in cash/stock deal
- Todd Smith's Spin Cycle — Not milk! It’s end of era for milk industry’s iconic ‘Got Milk?’ campaign
- States settle with manufacturers in DRAM price-fixing case
- District at Eastover takes shape with financing in place, tenant signings under way
- MBJ's Businesswoman of the Year never expected her career to take this path
- Mississippi ag aviation plays a critical role in production and profitability