Longtime Phenix City Councilmember Arrested

PHENIX CITY, Ala. (AP) - Authorities say a longtime member of the Phenix City Council has turned himself in to authorities on forgery and perjury charges.

WTVM-TV reports that 70-year-old Arthur Sumbry Sr. turned himself in to the Russell County Sheriff's Office Friday after being indicted by a grand jury.

Russell County Sheriff Heath Taylor says the charges stem from
an incident in 2008 when Sumbry was serving as a notary public.

Authorities say Sumbry forged signatures on a deed to a house that he notarized and later lied about it in court under oath.

Taylor says the people whose names were forged realized they never
signed the document.

Sumbry posted bond Friday and his case is set to go to trial.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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