December 18, 2006
IDENTITY THIEF CONVICTED IN ATTEMPT TO FAKE OWN DEATH
Maryland Attorney General J. Joseph Curran, Jr. announced today
the conviction of Dee Deirdre Farmer, also known as Douglas Farmer,
41, for Obstruction of Justice and Misuse of a Death Certificate.
Farmer, of the 3800 block of Elmley Avenue in Baltimore, admitted
before Judge Roger Brown of the Baltimore City Circuit Court that
he had forged a court order to try to change a death certificate
of someone else to reflect that he, Farmer, had died. When Farmer
presented the forged court order to the State Division of Vital
Records, something about the order “didn’t look right” to
the agency staff, so they reported it to the Attorney General’s
Office. After investigation, it was discovered that the Order was
a complete fabrication, prepared by Farmer in the hopes of being
able to use the altered death certificate to get unrelated criminal
charges pending against him in federal court and Baltimore County
Circuit Court dismissed.
also admitted to forging an Affidavit, ostensibly in the name
of a Lt. William Cherry of the Baltimore County Police
to the effect that crimes committed in the name of Farmer were
actually committed by a Larry Prescott, who the affidavit claimed,
had stolen Farmer’s identity. In fact, Farmer had stolen
Prescott’s identity 20 years ago, and Lt. William Cherry
does not exist. Farmer filed this fraudulent “affidavit” in
an unrelated Baltimore City Circuit Court criminal case pending
against him, presumably in an effort to get those charges dismissed
Farmer, who has a long criminal record, was not sentenced today;
sentencing is scheduled for January 16, 2007.
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
Maryland State Police.