Gouverneur inmate accused of forging court papers to get himself released from prison
GOUVERNEUR -- A Gouverneur Correctional Facility inmate faces multiple charges after forging court documents and a judge’s signature in an attempt to get out of prison, according to state police.
Robert A. Horton, 38, was charged with second-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument, first-degree offering a forged instrument for filing and second-degree perjury.Troopers say Horton forged a court document in an attempt to overturn a grand larceny indictment from the Chemung County Court.
On the document, Horton had forged the judge’s name in an attempt to use it to get out of prison.
Horton then used the document to file an 'order to show' cause in St. Lawrence County Court, following that up with a motion to sue the State of New York, the New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision and the Gouverneur Correctional Facility's superintendent.
Horton was arraigned in the Town of Fowler Court and was remanded back to the Gouverneur Correctional Facility.
The investigation was coordinated with the NYS DOCCS Inspector General's Office.