September 27, 2006
INDIVIDUAL CHARGED WITH COURT FORGERIES
Maryland Attorney General J. Joseph Curran, Jr. announced today
the filing of criminal charges against a 41 year old individual
who goes by both the name Dee Deirdre Farmer and Douglas Farmer,
arising out of his/her attempt to change a death certificate to
reflect that she/he, Farmer, had died. Specifically, Farmer, of
the 3800 block of Elmley Avenue in Baltimore, is charged with forging
a Baltimore City Circuit Court Order, presenting false information
for entry on a death certificate for the purpose of committing
identity fraud, making a false entry in a public record by submitting
a forged affidavit, and obstruction of justice.
There is no maximum penalty for the forgery and uttering counts;
false entry in a public record is punishable by up to three years
in jail and a $1,000 fine, while obstruction of justice carries
a maximum penalty of five years in jail and a $10,000 fine. The
charges are merely accusations and the defendant is presumed innocent
unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. No arraignment
date has been set in Baltimore City Circuit Court.
The case was
referred to the Criminal Investigations Division of the Attorney
General’s Office by the State Division of
Vital Records, and was investigated with the assistance of the
Maryland State Police.