Wednesday, August 1, 2007
Former Court Clerk Charged With Falsifying RecordsIn San Bernardino
By J’AMY PACHECO, Staff Writer
A former San Bernardino Superior Court clerk has been charged with falsifying court documents to benefit her ex-husband and boyfriend, the District Attorney’s Office said yesterday.
Eva Woods, 47, turned herself in to the court Monday on an arrest warrant. She is charged with three counts of violating Government Code Sec. 6200.
The statute makes it a felony, punishable by two, three, or four years in prison, for a person who has custody of a public record to “[s]teal, remove, or secrete,” “[d]estroy, mutilate, or deface,” or “[a]lter or falsify” any such document.
Prosecutor John Goritz said Wood is accused of altering court records in three misdemeanor traffic cases to indicate dispositions that were not accurate. The alleged violations took place while Woods was working as a deputy court clerk in Rancho Cucamonga.
Goritz said the matter came to light as a result of a complaint made to the District Attorney’s Office. Woods was released on her own recognizance, and is scheduled to appear in court on August 30.
Goritz declined to discuss whether any additional cases involving Woods were being investigated.
Chief Deputy Court Executive Officer Mary Davis said Woods joined the court staff in 1993, and is no longer employed by the court.
Copyright 2007, Metropolitan News Company