2009-04-23 / Local & State

Pa. Woman Forged Bankruptcy Seal To Save Electric

PITTSBURGH (AP) - A Pittsburgh woman made a fake federal bankruptcy court seal on a document in hopes a utility company wouldn't cut off her electric service.

Forty-one-year-old Dorothy Hunt pleaded guilty to the counterfeiting charge Thursday and faces up to five years in prison when she's sentenced Aug. 6.

Prosecutors say Hunt owed Duquesne Light more than $1,500 and tried to trick the company into believing she had filed for bankruptcy protection so the wouldn't try to collect the debt and shut off her power in the process. Hunt faked the document in October 2005.

It isn't immediately clear how the delinquent bill was resolved. Hunt's public defender says she can't comment.

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