School group wants U.S. Attorney to investigate forged signature

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — A Buffalo parent accused of forging her own signature on a school document wants the U.S. Attorney’s Office to look into her case.

Timeka Jones and the District Parent Coordinating Council President Samuel Radford met with U.S. Attorney William Hochul, Jr. Monday afternoon.  They want his office to consider a series of charges, including obstruction of justice.

Jones alleges officials with the Buffalo School Department forged her signature, as well as the signatures of several other parents,  on a planning document.  The document was used to prove that parents were involved with the Harvey Austin School‘s Comprehensive Education Plan.  The signatures are necessary in order to secure federal Title I money for Buffalo schools.

Jones claims she didn’t see the plan and could not have signed the document because she was in the hospital at the time.

She explained, “If I signed it, I signed, but I didn’t so for them to say that I forged my own signature when I wasn’t even there, it’s ridiculous.”

However, the Buffalo School Department claimed Jones forged her own signature using “disguised writing.”  Jones said the school department sent her letter stating that they used a handwriting expert to make that determination and that the matter was considered closed.

Jones and Radford told News4 the U.S. Attorney’s Office was receptive to their concerns.

Radford said, “We asked the U.S. Attorney to investigate so we can find out who actually did it.  The U.S. Attorney shared with us that there are three things they will look at; if there was a crime committed, what the crime was, and who committed the crime.”

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