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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.