February 24, 2009

8-year sentence for faked court papers

A St. Louis man was sentenced to eight years in prison after he admitted in court to forging judge's signature on fake court documents.

Daniel Schaefer Jr. pleaded guilty to three counts of forgery after he admitted to creating false court documents with a judge's forged signature to help convince banks and employers that his previous convictions for forgery, in 2005 and 2008, were the result of identity theft, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported Tuesday.

Authorities said Schaefer was caught after one of the bankers he showed the fake documents to contacted the judge and a court clerk to verify their authenticity.

Schaefer pleaded guilty to six counts of forgery in 2005 after he admitted to altering checks that were issued to him by a hotel. He was sentenced to five years of probation. He pleaded guilty to forgery again in 2008 after he pretended to be a union representative and accepted application fee payments. He was again sentenced to probation.