Criminal Justice

Lawyer is accused of forging judges' signatures on more than 100 documents

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A Miami lawyer has been charged with forgery for allegedly signing judges’ names on documents in civil cases involving structured settlements.

The criminal case against lawyer Jose Manuel Camacho has been transferred from Broward Circuit Court to Miami-Dade Circuit Court, the Sun Sentinel reports. He is facing 14 counts of forgery for allegedly signing the names of seven different judges on the documents.

Investigators say Camacho signed the judges’ names on 114 documents, according to the Sun Sentinel.

Judges in Florida are required to approve structured settlements, which pay the recipient a lump sum in exchange for future payouts. An arrest report says Camacho admitted forging the judges’ signatures and filing the documents with the clerk of courts, according to the article.

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