Imagine you’ve been criminally accused in some pesky drug possession and stalking cases. What’s the best way to get charges dropped? Well, you could always pretend to be a prosecutor and drop them yourself.
This is what actual prosecutors allege that New Hampshire resident Lisa Landon, 33, did in three different court cases last November and December. According to her most recent indictments, Landon allegedly used the court’s electronic system to submit her fake filings. The New Hampshire Union Leader has the details:
In November, Hillsborough County prosecutors became suspicious when they heard from a state forensic examiner, who had been scheduled to perform a competency evaluation on Landon.
The examiner saw a notice in Landon’s court file that prosecutors had dropped charges; the examiner wanted to know if the examination should go forward.
“The file purported to contain a nolle prosequi (drop the charges) filed by Assistant County Attorney Patrice Casian, but it quickly became evident to the State that the document, as well as other documents in the file, had been filed fraudulently,” wrote Superior Court Judge David Anderson in a ruling regarding the case.
Landon also stands accused of falsifying a decision of a retired judge to waive filing fees in a lawsuit she brought against the county and filing an order to halt guardianship proceedings involving one of her own children.
Landon is now facing one charge of false personation and six charges of falsifying physical evidence. Perhaps a real lawyer will be helpful this time around.
Woman accused of impersonating prosecutor, dropping criminal charges against herself [New Hampshire Union Leader]
Woman allegedly impersonated prosecutor, dropped charges against herself [WBRZ 2 ABC]
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