MIO – The Michigan State Police (MSP) investigated an allegation of forgery from a family member, which resulted in charges against a Mio man.
In February 2023 troopers from the Alpena post were contacted by a woman alleging a family member had forged her signature on a document granting them 50 percent ownership of her business. MSP indicated in a Jan. 29 statement the forgery was allegedly done without her permission, and she wished to pursue charges.
The suspect, 45-year-old Duane Gregory Bills of Mio, had allegedly approached another man asking him to forge the victim’s signature. That man did not feel comfortable forging the signature and refused.
The victim later learned her signature had been forged. She obtained the documents and turned them over to troopers. The documents were sent to the Michigan State Police Crime in Lansing to be analyzed by the Question Documents Unit.
Interviews were conducted and a report, along with the MSP Questions Document Unit findings, were turned to the Oscoda County Prosecutor’s Office. An arrest warrant was authorized for Bills on Jan. 25. He turned himself in at the Oscoda County Jail the following day.
Bills was arraigned in the 81st District Court in Oscoda County on one count Forgery of Document Affecting Real Property. He was given a $10,000 PR bond. His next scheduled court appearance is on Feb. 12 at 1 p.m.