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Child custody case turns criminal after bribes are accepted

On behalf of Law Office of Ann A. Thomson, A Professional Law Corporation posted on Monday, October 15, 2012.

Child custody cases can become contentious. There is no doubt about that. Parenting your child and spending time with them is something that is of vital importance to parents. In fact, most would give anything that they could to ensure this right is protected. One woman even tried to bride a local judge in order to prompt a favorable outcome in her child custody case.

The woman was 54-year-old stepparent. Her husband was embroiled in a battle with his ex-wife over the custody of their children. Over a course of time, the woman made six installments in the presiding judge’s campaign fund. Prosecutors described the addition of $150,000 into the campaign as a complex bribery scheme.

The scheme was eventually discovered and both the local judge and the woman were charged in relation to the illegal transfer of funds. The woman was charged with six felony counts of bribery, one count of money laundering and one count of organized criminal activity. She was sentenced to jail time as well as a fine and a 10-year probationary period.

The judge was ordered to resign and was also put on probation and fined but did not face any jail time. The husband and the campaign manager also face charges, but their cases remain pending at this time.

The outcome of a child custody case is important, but there are certainly better ways to ensure that your rights and interests are protected in a child custody case. The best way is to have effective and experienced representation throughout the process.

Source: Dallas News, “University Park woman gets jail time for bribing judge,” Valerie Wigglesworth, Oct. 11, 2012


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