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Oak Harbor man accused of filing fake divorce papers

Whidbey News-Times Co-editor
February 18, 2014 · 2:46 PM

A Navy man is facing a felony charge for allegedly trying to file fraudulent divorce paperwork in Island County Superior Court earlier this year, according to court documents.

Thomas Mayhew, 34, allegedly forged his wife’s and a judge’s signatures on the documents because he wanted to marry his girlfriend in Las Vegas, Nev., the police report alleges.

Prosecutors charged Mayhew Feb. 7 with one count of offering false instrument for filing or record and one count of forgery.

An employee at the Island County Clerk’s Office reportedly noticed irregularities when Mayhew submitted a divorce decree and a parenting plan to be filed.

Debra Van Pelt, the county clerk, looked at the paperwork and also saw discrepancies.

The judge’s signature appeared to be forged; in fact, it appeared that he had signed Van Pelt’s name as a judge, according to the police report.

Mayhew’s wife confirmed for investigators that her name was forged, according to the police report. She said she was shocked that he tried to file divorce paperwork.

The wife found a wedding invitation in his truck that showed he was planning to get married in Las Vegas that week, the police report states.

In a statement to the police, Mayhew allegedly admitted to forging the signatures; he claimed he panicked and didn’t want to lose his girlfriend, but felt his wife wouldn’t agree to a divorce, the report states.


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