Woman tried to fake her death to elude law

December 19, 2006|By Nicole Fuller | Nicole Fuller,Sun Reporter

A 41-year-old Baltimore woman was convicted yesterday on charges she forged documents to avoid charges in two other criminal cases, prosecutors said.

Dee Deirdre Farmer, a transgendered person who was born Douglas C. Farmer and now lives as a woman, pleaded guilty in Baltimore City Circuit Court to obstruction of justice and misuse of a birth certificate, according to the office of the Maryland attorney general.

Farmer, of the 3800 block of Elmley Ave., presented the state Division of Vital Records this year with a forged court order to change the death certificate of a man named Charles Smith, who died June 6, to reflect that Dee Farmer had died that day instead.

In attempting to obtain the death certificate, Farmer hoped for the dismissal of federal forgery charges and charges in Baltimore County for allegedly using stolen credit cards at the Nordstrom department store in Towson, prosecutors said.

Those cases are pending.

Farmer, who is being held at the City Detention Center, will be sentenced Jan. 16. Under a binding plea agreement, she will receive 18 months in prison, prosecutors said.

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