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Woman convicted of forgery and sentenced to prison

Wednesday, April 24, 2013 7:19 PM
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Nathaniel Graham Jr. and his younger sister were shocked in the spring of 2009 to learn that they could no longer see their father at Augusta veterans hospital, he testified this week.

Their older sister had presented a letter of guardianship for Nathaniel Graham Sr. and instructed the staff at Charlie Norwood VA Medical Center that no one else was allowed to see him and that she would make all decisions about his medical care, which included transferring him to an Atlanta hospital against medical advice.

On Wednesday, a Richmond County Superior Court jury convicted Alethea Graham of forgery. She was sentenced to five years in prison followed by four years’ probation.

The judge’s name on the guardianship papers was forged, said Assistant District Attorney Natalie Paine, who took the relatively rare step of taking a forgery case to trial. Such cases typically end in guilty pleas and probation for first-time offenders or a dismissal.

Alethea Graham, 41, pleaded with Judge Sheryl B. Jolly to give her a probation sentence, and she insisted she had done nothing wrong. The only blemish on her record was a speeding ticket, she said.

Nathaniel Graham Jr. testified this week that he was the emergency contact person for his father because he was the only sibling living in Augusta. On March 31, 2009, he got a call: His father had fallen and might have suffered a brain injury. He called his sisters, Graham testified.

About two weeks later, he and his younger sister were told they couldn’t see their father. They were shown the guardianship letter, which both questioned. But they couldn’t do anything to stop their older sister’s actions. After their father was taken to the Atlanta hospital, his condition worsened, Nathaniel Graham Jr. testified. He was eventually able to gain guardianship and brought his father back to Augusta, but he never recovered. Nathaniel Graham Sr. died Oct. 4, 2009, at age 58 at the downtown Augusta VA hospital.

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willie7
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willie7 04/24/13 - 10:22 pm
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The fight wasn't about the
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The fight wasn't about the daddy ; it was over the CHECK------- Hear me! The CHECK!!!! I agree with the sentence Judge Jolly gave Alethea.

willie7
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willie7 04/24/13 - 10:26 pm
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The fight wasn't about daddy
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The fight wasn't about daddy Graham; It was the Check!!!!
I agree with the sentence judge gave Alethea

nocnoc
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nocnoc 04/25/13 - 07:39 am
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What a Vulture. What more can

What a Vulture.
What more can be said about a person that does this to their own Father and brothers and sisters. There must be a lot of bent up greed and hate in her.

But 5 years at Taxpayer expense?
It seems we are getting punished also.

Maybe House arrest, ankle monitored and 5 years mandatory volunteer work in a nursing home changing bed pans.

my.voice
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my.voice 04/25/13 - 11:13 am
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Sounds to me like she

Sounds to me like she murdered her father indirectly.

But had the forgery not involved a judges signature, it probably would not have been prosecuted. Glad they did prosecuted, but just sayin'.....

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rmwhitley 04/25/13 - 01:36 pm
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alethea,
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you got yo entitlement check fo the next five years.

Darby
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Darby 04/25/13 - 05:16 pm
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There's a place in Hell

for folks like that.

Note: If you are one of our atheists, just change the word Hell to jail. Still works, just not as strong a statement.

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