On Wednesday, it was announced that a Medina, Tennessee resident had been sentenced to federal prison for forgery of a court document. The announcement was made by United States Attorney D. Michael Dunavant. According to information presented in court, 52-year-old Jay Richard Hassman of Medina had outstanding debts with various creditors. The defendant created a fictitious restraining over with a forged signature of Judge Sheryl H. Lipman.
The order stated that creditors were restrained from “reprocessing, beginning the foreclosure process, shutting off utilities, eviction proceedings and/or other services until May 19, 2016”. The order also forced creditors to negotiate Hassman’s debts and credit him any fees. The defendant sent the order to several of his creditors.
The defendant has been sentenced to eight months imprisonment. Those eight months will be served consecutively to 11 months Hassman is currently serving in Tipton County on an unrelated matter. Additional details have been made available here.