JACKSON, Miss.--Forty-year-old Samantha Johnson is going to jail after her eighth forgery conviction. The habitual forger and embezzler got the verdict and sentence in Panola County, and the offense had to do with a forged divorce document.
Attorney Gen. Jim Hood told us Johnson will serve ten years, day for day, after she used her position as a secretary for a Batesville law firm to forge signatures on the divorce papers of a client. The results-the client though the paper had been approved and filed when it was not.
The ten-year sentence came because of prior convictions in 1999 and 2003. That included seven forgery convictions and two embezzelment convictions.
"We appreciate the strong sentence from Judge McClure and are very pleased that this defendant will be off the streets for a while and will have plenty of time to re-think her life of crime," said Hood. "It is appalling that she could even consider taking advantage of the court system, and we are hopeful that the victims in this case has received some sense of justice from this conviction handed down by the Panola County Jury."