Ohio ex-lawyer indicted on forgery, other charges

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Prosecutors are accusing a former central Ohio attorney of allegedly altering documents to incorrectly show that she had become the guardian of a motherless boy in order to collect death benefits intended for the child.

The Franklin County prosecutor’s office on Tuesday announced that 33-year-old Lindsey T. Burt has being indicted on various charges including forgery and tampering with records. Court records do not show an attorney for Burt.

The prosecutor’s office says Burt was supposed to file paperwork to make the boy’s father his guardian after the child’s mother passed away. Instead, prosecutors say, Burt allegedly altered a probate court document making it seem that she had been awarded guardianship. They say she allegedly collected more than $67,000 in benefits between 2008 and 2013.

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