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Three Charged With Forging Will of the Late Rep. Ulysses Jones

According to a Probate Court ruling earlier this year, a will leaving the bulk of the late state Rep. Ulysses Jones’ $100,000 estate to Sandra Richards was a forgery. Now, the Commercial Appeal reports,Richards and two others have been arrested and accused of faking the document.
Richards, Avis Langford-Brannon and Beverly Prye were all indicted by a grand jury late last week, officials said.
All three are facing charges of tampering with or fabricating evidence, aggravated perjury and forgery over $60,000. The trio are employees of the Memphis Fire Department.
All three turned themselves in over the past few days, officials said. Langford-Brannon and Prye both made a $20,000 bond; Richards remained jailed Sunday on the same amount.
The odd saga began after Jones, who had represented District 98 in Memphis since 1987, died in November 2010 of complications from pneumonia. Jones, a Memphis Fire Department battalion chief, was 59.
After his death, Richards, who told the court that Jones was her fiancé, presented the will. Langford-Brannon and Prye, two close friends of Richards, signed as witnesses.
Jones’ two children — Victoria Jones, 19, and her half-brother, Ulysses Jones III, 35 — contested the document, saying their father left no will.

Judge Rules Rep. Ulysses Jones’ Signature Was Forged on Will

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — A Shelby County probate judge has ruled the signature on a will purported to be that of late state representative Ulysses Jones Jr. is a forgery.
The will left the bulk of Jones’ estate to his longtime girlfriend, Sandra Richards.
On Friday, Judge Robert Benham said he found Richards’ testimony to be evasive and of “dubious trustworthiness,” according to The Commercial Appeal.
That, combined with testimony from handwriting experts that the signature was forged, led the judge to rule in favor of Jones’ two adult children in the dispute over his estate, valued at about $100,000.
Jones was a Memphis Fire Department battalion chief and Democratic state representative for North Memphis and Raleigh. He died on Nov. 9 of complications from pneumonia at the age of 59.
For more details, see the Commercial Appeal.