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Lawyer and doctor nabbed in conspiracy to forge dead man's signature

Published:Tuesday | November 24, 2015 | 9:44 AM

 Organised crime investigators have charged a 58-year-old medical doctor, Dane Levy and a 67-year-old lawyer, Peter Millingen for allegedly forging a dead man's will.

A police statement says the two were charged for breaches of the Larceny Act by members of the Counter Terrorism and Organised Crime branch (C-TOC).

Milligen has been charged with conspiracy to defraud, uttering a forged document, and demanding property by means of forged document, while Levy is to face charges of conspiracy to defraud and forgery.

They are scheduled to appear in the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate’s Court on Friday.

It is reported that in 2013, the lawyer denied a relative's request for a copy of the deceased man's will. 

The relative then hired another lawyer, who applied for and obtained a copy of the document.

After examining the will, the relative reportedly discovered discrepancies with the document including issues with the deceased’s signature. 

A report was made to C-TOC and an investigation was launched.

The purported document was examined by the police force’s Questioned Document Examination Department, along with several specimen handwritings.

The police say the examination revealed that the signature on the will was forged.

The investigation also revealed that Millingen, who allegedly prepared the will, filed an Affidavit of Feeble Handwriting in the Supreme Court of Jamaica.

That court application stated that the lawyer was present at the date when the deceased and the two purported witnesses signed the document.

However, the police say forensic evidence uncovered that it was Levy, the doctor, who forged the signatures of the witnesses.