- Associated Press - Monday, January 27, 2014

LAUREL, Miss. (AP) - A Wayne County woman has been sentenced to house arrest after pleading guilty to forging a judge’s signature to documents to establish the paternity of her child and collect child support from a man who was not the biological father of the child.

Circuit Judge Billy Joe Landrum sentenced Keeba LaQuita Smith-Breeland this past week to two 2-year house arrest sentences to be served concurrently.

Breeland was on pretrial intervention last year when she forged Chancery Judge Franklin McKenzie’s signature on documents and began collecting child support payments from the alleged father. She was removed from the pre-trial intervention program in September when she incurred a second count of forgery.

In the second case, Breeland had forged additional documents claiming that another man owed her child support. She sent the fraudulent paperwork to the man in question who, in turn, provided the paperwork to his attorney.

When his attorney attempted to validate the documents in Jones County, an employee of the chancery court advised him that the documents could not be legal because they were dated July 5, a day that the office had been closed in observance of Independence Day.

It is unclear how many children were involved in the case.

In addition to serving two years of house arrest, Breeland will be required to repay $8,679.00 to the first man in illegally obtained child support and attorney’s fees.

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Information from: The Chronicle, https://www.thechronicle.ms

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