Federal prisoner from Missouri admits forging court order
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A Kansas City, Missouri, woman faces up to 20 years in federal prison after admitting she forged a court order that tried to get another inmate released.
Fifty-one-year-old Margie Shephard pleaded guilty Thursday to an obstruction of justice count.
Authorities say Shephard committed the crime while at a federal lockup in Bryan, Texas. She was serving a 10-year sentence for bank fraud conspiracy, identity theft and obstruction of justice.
Shephard admitted she fabricated a court order featuring a forged signature of a federal judge. It called for the release of a suburban Kansas City woman who was serving three years for her role in an $11 million mortgage fraud scheme.
Shephard mailed the document to a relative, who faxed it to prison officials who ultimately declared the document a fake.