press release Feb. 23, 2012
PHILADELPHIA ? A Philadelphia woman was arrested today for allegedly forging her estranged husband's name and assuming his identity in order to transfer the deed of their home to her name only.
Attorney General Linda Kelly identified the defendant as Alice Harrison, 43, 5030 N. 15th St., Philadelphia.
According to the criminal complaint, Harrison and her husband purchased the North 15th Street home in 1999 from her mother. The two of them lived in the home until approximately 2006 when they separated.
The charges state that following the separation Harrison resided in the home without her husband and made several attempts to buy him out in order to remove him from the deed.
Kelly said that in October 2009, Harrison?s husband learned that the house was no longer in his name. Copies of a deed transfer dated May 7, 2007 indicated that the residence located at 5030 North 15th St., Philadelphia was transferred to Harrison.
According to the criminal complaint, no authorization or permission was ever given to Harrison to use her husband?s signature or personal identifying information to transfer the deed solely to her name.
Harrison is charged with 10 counts of receiving stolen property, three counts of forgery, one count of theft by unlawful taking or disposition, one count of theft by deception, one count of tampering with records or identification, one count of securing the execution of documents by deception, and one count of identity theft.
The case will be prosecuted in Philadelphia County by Senior Deputy Attorney General John Flannery of the Attorney General?s Criminal Prosecutions Section.
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(A person charged with a crime is presumed innocent until proven guilty.)