Wednesday, June 01, 2016

Woman Gets Pinched For Allegedly Using Forged Deed To Swipe Title To House Owned By Her Brother; Investigator: Notary Admitted That Victim Was Not Present & Signature Was Already On Document When It Was Notarized

In Pine Bluff, Arkansas, The Commercial reports:
  • A Pine Bluff woman was arrested [] after she allegedly forged her brother’s name on a property deed.

    Tangela Tate, 35, was taken into custody after her brother contacted police [] to report that the signature on a warranty deed for a house on West 24th Avenue had been forged, Detective Michael Merritt said in a probable cause affidavit presented in district court Monday.

    According to the affidavit, the man said Tate had prepared the form, and he showed detectives that the signature on the form and his signature were different.

    Merritt said in the affidavit that he spoke to the notary and was told that Johnson was not present when the deed was notarized, and said Tate brought the form in with a signature already on it.

    When Tate was interviewed, she allegedly said she did not sign the form, and said the house belonged to her, and “she did not know why her brother was trying to keep her from it.”

    Pine Bluff District Judge John Kearney set a $10,000 bond for Tate after ruling prosecutors have probable cause to charge her with first-degree forgery.

    Tate said she would hire her own attorney.