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Forging Community Service Hours May Mean Jail Time

Posted On April 30, 2014

By Mike Perleberg

Richard T. Aleman Dearborn County Sheriff's Dept.

Richard T. Aleman
Dearborn County Sheriff’s Dept.

(Lawrenceburg, Ind.) – A convict may be looking at a harsher punishment than just community service after he allegedly forged some of the service hours.

Richard T. Aleman, 33, of Aurora, was ordered by a judge to serve 80 hours of community service following a 2013 Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated conviction in Dearborn County.

Last February, a deputy prosecutor noticed discrepancies in Aleman’s service hour tracking sheet.

After speaking with Aleman’s community service supervisor with the City of Lawrenceburg, Dearborn County Special Crimes Unit investigators determined he had forged his final 16 hours on the tracking sheet. Detectives noted that the handwriting on the sheet was different.

The supervisor with the City of Lawrenceburg verified that Aleman did not work the last 16 hours he had claimed.

Aleman was charged with Forgery (Class C felony) and Obstruction of Justice (Class D felony) on April 24 in Dearborn Superior Court II. He was arrested the following day.

Aleman faces additional charges for allegedly dealing in a controlled substance in Lawrenceburg last August.

A pretrial hearing on the forgery and obstruction charges has been scheduled for June 3. Aleman faces up to eight years in prison on the Class C felony and up to three years on the Class D felony.