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Sorry, Wrong Name

An inmate in Taycheedah Correctional Institution in Wisconsin forged documents to gain custody of another inmate’s 12-year-old son — and his trust fund. But Kristine Flynn, 52, made a couple of significant errors. First, she identified herself as the boy’s “adoptive father to be.” Worse was how she allegedly signed the court order. Instead of the signature of Fond du Lac County circuit judge Steven Weinke, the documents were signed “Steven Winkie”. When Flynn mailed the documents in to set her plan in motion, the recipient noticed the misspelling and turned them over to officials for investigation. Flynn pleaded guilty to three counts of trying to impersonate a judge and now faces up to 22-1/2 years in prison — an upgraded sentence because she’s been judged a “habitual criminal.” (MS/Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel) ...With another 22 years to go, she’ll be a habitual inmate, too.
Original Publication Date: 07 November 2010
This story is in True’s book collections, in Volume 17.

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