SAN DIEGO (CN) – A San Diego homeowner chose a very bad way to try to stave off foreclosure: forging the signature of a federal judge. Forty-five-year-old Marc Uribe pleaded guilty to the felony on Wednesday.
“As acknowledged in his guilty plea, Uribe created a fake court order in order to forestall the foreclosure of his Mission Valley home,” the U.S. Attorney’s Office said in a statement. “The order purported to be part of a civil lawsuit that Uribe and his wife brought against various lenders in federal court. The order created by Uribe instructed the lenders that they were temporarily prohibited from foreclosing on the Uribes’ home. In fact, Uribe had not filed a civil lawsuit, had falsified the court order, and had forged the signature of a federal judge on the false court order. Uribe admitted to the forgery during his guilty plea, and admitted to mailing the order to one of the lenders.”
Uribe’s guilty plea is subject to final acceptance by U.S. District Judge Larry Burns, who will sentence him on Sept. 9. Uribe faces a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison and a $1 million fine.