Former Councilman Pleads Guilty to Forgery

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PHENIX CITY, Ala. (AP) -- An ex-Phenix City Councilman who pleaded guilty to forgery has agreed to never seek public office again.

The Ledger-Enquirer of Columbus reported Tuesday that 72-year-old Arthur Sumbry made the deal in exchange for restitution and probation. He once vowed against pleading guilty in exchange for a lighter sentence.

Sumbry was accused of helping a woman forge a deed that would have transferred a man's home to her son -- who had served as the man's caretaker.

The man's daughter disputed the authenticity of the deed and Sumbry testified in a civil trial that he witnessed the elderly man sign it.

A handwriting expert found 10 inconsistencies on the deed when comparing it with samples of the man's handwriting.

Sumbry was later arrested for jury tampering and soliciting perjury.

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