A Ruddington woman who forged her late mother’s signature on documents relating to her will, cutting her two siblings out of receiving equal shares of her estate, has been sentenced.
Susan Johnson, 58, from Ruddington, pleaded guilty to fraud by false representation and making/supplying an article for use in fraud.
After her mother’s death in 2016 Johnson made and supplied a document, forging her signature and those of two witnesses, which made her the main beneficiary of the estate.
The validity of the document was challenged by her siblings, with a handwriting expert believing the signatures to be forged and the document therefore not being genuine.
Following the challenge, letters were sent on Johnson’s instruction refuting the accusation that the document was forged. One of the letters sent made an offer to settle, with Johnson to receive a 70 per cent share of the estate and her siblings to receive just 15 per cent each.
After her solicitor had been presented with the handwriting expert’s report, Johnson later decided to withdraw the forged document and revert back to her late mother’s original 2014 will.
Johnson appeared at Nottingham Crown Court on Wednesday (19 August 2020) and was given a two-year suspended prison sentence.
Detective Inspector Ed Cook, of Nottinghamshire Police, said: “We take fraud offences incredibly seriously and will deal with those responsible.
“Johnson went to great lengths to support her deceit and to financially benefit from her mother’s death. “It’s clear that her actions have caused serious distress to her siblings and their families and I hope this conviction goes to show that such behaviour will not be tolerated.”