A Kansas City woman has pleaded guilty in federal court to obstruction of justice after she forged a court order in 2014 to try to get a fellow inmate released from prison.
Margie Shephard, 51, pleaded guilty Thursday in federal court in Kansas City. The fellow inmate whom she tried to get released early, 48-year-old Leann Turner from Blue Springs, was released in February after completing a three-year sentence in federal prison, according to Bureau of Prison records.
Shephard admitted that, while in federal prison in Bryan, Texas, in 2014, she fabricated a document purporting to be an amended judgement for Turner, with a reduced sentence of 120 days – which would have resulted in Turner's immediate release – including a forged signature of a federal court judge.
Shephard mailed the fake court order to her sister, who then faxed it to prison officials from a Sunfresh grocery store in Kansas City. When they received the document, prison officials determined it was a forgery.
At the time, Shephard was serving a 10-year-sentence for conspiracy to commit bank fraud, identity theft and obstruction of justice.
Turner, a former Realtor, and several others had been indicted in November 2010 as part of an $11 million mortgage fraud scheme that took place in 2005-06. Turner pleaded guilty in May 2012 to wire fraud conspiracy and money laundering in a case that involved properties in Independence, Blue Springs, Lee's Summit, Oak Grove, Liberty and Parkville. She received her three-year sentence in May 2014.
Shephard will be sentenced at a later date.