A former Franklin County notary who pleaded guilty to perjury and forgery was sentenced and ordered to pay more than $20,000 in restitution.
She was charged with perjury for notarizing a fake codicil to a man’s will and dating it the day before he was killed in an automobile accident in 2008. She was ordered by the judge to pay $20,267.05 and several county court fees.
The woman must also serve 24 months of probation with three months of intense supervision for the charge of perjury and two additional 24-month probationary terms.
In addition to the forgery and perjury charges, she was charged with seven other crimes including two counts of tampering with public records or information and two counts of conspiracy to commit theft by deception.
The woman told the judge in January she was approached by the co-defendant in the case to notarize fraudulent amendments to the deceased man’s will, dating them the day before he was killed. She said she knew she was violating the law at the time she notarized the documents. She also admitted to providing false information during a March 31, 2009 deposition.
The co-defendant pleaded guilty to two counts of forgery and conspiracy to commit theft by deception. She was sentenced to two years of probation for each forgery charge and ordered to pay $20,267.05 to the accident victim’s wife.
The Department of State revoked the notary’s commission. However, she told the judge she retired from the notary business. When the judge asked her if she planned on going back to work in some other field, she replied, “No. I can’t for health reasons.”