Press Release

Wasilla Man Indicted for Forgery

March 1, 2013

On February 27, 2013, a Palmer Grand Jury indicted 46 year old James Donald Smith, Jr., on two counts of Forgery in the Second Degree, one count of Theft in the First Degree, one count of Scheme to Defraud, and one count of Fraudulent Use of an Access Device. The charges are based on allegations that Mr. Smith forged charitable gaming permits and misused proceeds from the Spirit Booster Club’s charitable gaming activities, in the amount of approximately $48,000.

The Palmer Superior Court issued a summons for Mr. Smith to appear in court for his arraignment, which is currently scheduled for March 18, 2013. An indictment is only a charge and is not evidence of guilt. A defendant is presumed innocent and is entitled to a fair trial at which the government must prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

Mr. Smith faces possible prison and fines on each count if convicted. Sentencing is based on the judge’s view of the seriousness of the crime and the offender’s criminal history, if any.

The investigation into Mr. Smith’s conduct was handled by the Department of Revenue Criminal Investigations Unit. This agency is responsible for investigating Excise Tax evasion and Charitable Gaming violations.

If you have any information regarding gaming fraud, permanent fund dividend fraud, child support fraud, or tax fraud, please visit the Department of Revenue Criminal Investigations Unit website.

CONTACT: Assistant Attorney General Lisa Kelley at (907) 269-6297 at the Office of Special Prosecutions.

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