A Bismarck woman who allegedly used fraudulent letters from government organizations, some with a forged signature of a South Central District judge, to convince people to give her thousands of dollars pleaded not guilty Tuesday and will go to trial in February.
Autumn Morrell, 32, is charged with three counts of theft and three counts of forgery, all Class A felonies, court documents show. That level of felony carries a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison and a $20,000 fine.
South Central District Judge Pamela Nesvig scheduled a two-day trial starting Feb. 19, 2020.
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Morrell is accused of using fake letters from government entities -- some containing a forged signature of Judge Cynthia Feland -- signing a $400,000 promissory note to one victim and using other fake documents to swindle victims out of more than $800,000, police say.
Morrell’s attorney, Amy Pikovsky, declined comment.