Monday, June 29, 2009

Forgery in the Marion County Courts

I just saw this on the Indianapolis Star on-line. I did not really have any commentary. I just thought the story is one of the most bizarre I have ever heard.

A former IMPD employee who is the wife of a Marion Superior Court judge was arrested Friday on preliminary charges she forged another judge's name to stop foreclosure of their home, according to the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police

Kristina Nelson, 43, who worked as a civilian public assistance officer for IMPD, told police she had signed Judge Sheila Carlisle's name on a counterfeit document claiming she and her husband had been attacked and ordering Everhome Mortgage to stop the foreclosure until the couple could recover, according to the police report, which was filed Friday.

She told police that her husband, Marion Superior Court Judge William Nelson, knew nothing about the incident. Kristina Nelson is Carlisle’s sister-in-law, the police report said. Carlisle is married to her brother.

Kristina Nelson was released Friday on a $5,000 bond and faces preliminary charges of forgery, according to IMPD and Marion County Prosecutor Carl Brizzi's office. Brizzi's office is seeking the appointment of a special prosecutor to decide on the final charges.

"Given the fact that our deputy prosecutors appear before (William Nelson) Monday through Friday," said Chief of Staff Helen Marchal, "we thought that this would be the best route to go."

Kristina Nelson faxed the document to Everhome Mortgage on June 17, according to police. The document said that the Nelson’s had been the victims of an assault and that William Nelson had been shot and Kristina Nelson had suffered injuries that required her jaw to be wired shut — none of which was true, police said.

Carlisle told police investigators the signature was not hers but that she recognized the address as belonging to her sister-in-law, Kristina Nelson, the police report said.

Civilian public assistance officers work at district front desks taking simple reports, among other duties.


Baloo said...

The Public Assistance Officers used to be classified as Desk Aides. The Administration created a new position and gave them a 11k year a raise over the base of a desk aide. However the Public Safety Officers have been without a contract since 1 January 2007.

Hoosier in the Heartland said...

The larger question is: why is a judge's house being foreclosed on?

Paul K. Ogden said...

HITH, that is a good question. Normally, it's a sudden drop in income that leads to foreclosure. But another question is why, of all the stories she could make up, that was the one she went with?

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