Ark. woman accused of forging judge's signature

VAN BUREN, Ark. (AP) - A Van Buren woman has pleaded not guilty to forgery charges after prosecutors accused her of using phony court orders to obtain thousands of dollars.

Van Buren police say Candace Holmes was the guardian of a certificate of deposit for her son to help offset medical bills. Police say a court order was required to withdraw money.

The Southwest Times Record reports ( ) the account had more than $38,000 in it in May 2007. Police say as of March 2013, the balance was $513.

Investigators say documents authorizing the withdrawals carried the signature of Circuit Court Judge Gary Cottrell. Police say the judge said he hadn't authorized any withdrawals from the account since 2008.

Holmes' attorney, Carrie Jernigan, entered the not guilty plea on behalf of her client Wednesday.

Information from: Southwest Times Record,

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