Salem man tries for second time to fool court

Salem man writes poorly worded letter to get out of court hearing
This image is of a letter penned by Troy Hightland to excuse himself from a June court hearing. Now, he is facing charges for forging a community service document.

SALEM, Ohio (WKBN) – First he penned a fake letter from a doctor, now a Salem man is charged after he forged a document saying he completed community service hours and submitted it to the court.

Troy Hightland, 30, of West Wilson Avenue, was in court Wednesday for faking community service hours.

The Morning Journal reports Hightland pleaded no contest to obstructing official business after turning in a paper saying he conducted 36 hours of community service. The paper looked like it was signed by Cliff Votaw.

The problem, according to prosecutors, is the signature on the community service document misspelled Votaw’s first name.

This comes after Hightland tried to get off the hook for failing to appear at a June court hearing by submitting a forged letter to the court where he signed the name of Dr. Wong.

According to the letter, Hightland was hospitalized at Akron General Hospital with his throat “the size of a golf ball, unable to talk and on an IV.”

Several words in the letter were misspelled, including where the letter noted Dr. Wong had a lot of “pashents” that day and did not have time to “tipe” the handwritten letter.

No formal charges have been filed against Hightland over the Dr. Wong letter.

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