Fraudulent divorcee sentenced for forgery in Island County

A man who forged signatures so he could divorce his wife and marry his girlfriend was sentenced this week, according to court documents.

Navy man Thomas Mayhew, 34, was charged with one count of offering false instrument for filing or record and one count of forgery. He received 30 days in jail at his sentencing.

Mayhew was found guilty of forging his wife’s and a judge’s signatures on the documents because he wanted to marry his girlfriend in Las Vegas, the police report said.

Mayhew was charged Feb. 7 after an employee at the Island County Clerk’s Office reportedly noticed irregularities when Mayhew submitted a divorce decree and a parenting plan. County Clerk also saw discrepancies and it appeared that Mayhew had written Clerk Debra Van Pelt’s name instead of the judge’s name.

Mayhew’s wife told investigators she was shocked he had tried to file divorce paperwork and that her name was, in fact, forged.

The wife found a wedding invitation in his truck that showed he was planning to get married in Las Vegas that week, the police report states.

Mayhew admitted to forging the signatures in a statement to the police. He said he panicked and didn’t want to lose his girlfriend, but thought his wife wouldn’t agree to a divorce.


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