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Federal worker a suspect in forgery

August 22, 2008|Andrew Blankstein

FBI agents arrested a Los Angeles woman Thursday on suspicion of using counterfeit documents and forging the names of two federal judges in an attempt to free her husband from state prison, where he is serving time on a murder conviction, authorities said.

Danielle Denise Jones, 27, a supervisor with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, was charged with forging court seals and judges' signatures on court documents, said Laura Eimiller, an FBI spokeswoman. Jones was released on $50,000 bond.

A federal district judge in Los Angeles reported in February that documents concerning the release of Jason Earl Jones -- who is serving two life sentences in Kern Valley State Prison for first-degree murder -- had been forged.

A subsequent FBI investigation found that Danielle Jones, the prisoner's wife, had mailed the documents to the California Department of Corrections and the U.S. Marshals Service, according to the documents.

-- Andrew Blankstein

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