James Justice II, 49, is accused of creating a fake pardon letter from the governor’s office. However, the forgery was easy to spot thanks to the numerous spelling and grammatical errors throughout the document. Justice even misspelled the name of the state in his attempt to fool officials into pardoning him for his crimes.
Authorities have issued a warrant for the arrest of Justice – who hails from Nitro, West Virginia – after they discovered the forged document. Justice tried to make it appear as if the letter was created and signed by the West Virginia Governor’s office, and was attempting to secure a pardon for his past crimes.
Justice happens to share his name with the West Virginia Governor. However, Governor James “Jim” Justice II, 67, did not actually issue the pardon.
The letter received by authorities is riddled with errors. Along with misspelling the name of the state – written as “West WestVirgimia” – several other words were incorrect.
Some examples include his use of “herby” instead of “hereby,” “govenor” instead of “governor,” “cabnent secretar” instead of “cabinet secretary,” and “Febuary” instead of “February.”
The only part of the letter that was even remotely passable was the signature. While they are not an exact match, they are fairly close and could make it passed an untrained eye or someone who did not have the Governor’s actual signature for a direct comparison.
Other signs that indicated the letter was a fake included the handwritten office phone number and the numerous grammatical and punctuation errors.
The document also featured two fake state seals.
According to a report by the Daily Mail, the letter was dated February 25 and, on February 27, was sent to the Putnam County Probation Office.
Justice was previously convicted of burglary and is now facing multiple forgery charges, including forgery of official seals and forgery of public record.