January 17, 2007
Christine Hansen, 410-576-6956
Maryland Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler announced today
the sentencing of Dee Deirdre Farmer, also known as Douglas Farmer,
41, on his earlier guilty plea to Obstruction of Justice and Misuse
of a Death Certificate.
the 3800 block of Elmley Avenue in Baltimore, was sentenced to
serve 18 months in the Division of Correction by the
Honorable Roger Brown of the Baltimore City Circuit Court for having
forged a court order in an attempt to change someone else’s
death certificate to reflect that he, Farmer, had died. When Farmer
presented the forged court order to the State Division of Vital
Records, agency staff noticed something unusual about the order,
and they reported it to the Attorney General’s Office. In
fact, 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.
In his guilty
plea, Farmer also admitted to forging an Affidavit, ostensibly
in the name of a Lt. William Cherry of the Baltimore
County Police Department, 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.
Actually, Farmer had stolen Prescott’s identity 20 years
ago, and Lt. William Cherry is fictional. Farmer met Prescott,
a correctional officer at the Baltimore City Detention Center,
when he was incarcerated there on Prescott’s tier. Farmer
filed the fraudulent Cherry “affidavit” in an unrelated
Baltimore City Circuit Court criminal case pending against him,
presumably in an effort to get those charges dismissed as well.
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.