Agents of the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division charged 45 year-old Edward Brown with forgery in Summerville earlier today. They claim he altered details on his first divorce decree after scanning the documents into his computer, changing the names, dates and case number, before mailing the altered document to the girlfriend.
He then made use of the documents between August 2012 and January this year, the agents allege.
The investigation was launched following a request by the Dorchester County Family Court.
Forgery is a misdemeanour crime in South Carolina and Brown could face up to three years in prison and a fine if he is convicted, local station WCSC-TV reports.
The South Carolina Law Enforcement Division, or SLED, is an independent criminal investigation agency.
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