Complaint accuses man of creating fake letter of pardon from W.Va governor for himself

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PUTNAM COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A warrant has been issued for a man accused of creating and sending a fake letter from the West Virginia Governor's Office, in an attempt to have his past crimes pardoned.

A criminal complaint says James Justice II, 49, of Nitro, forged the governor's signature on a fake letter, saying that he was being pardoned of all probation and felonies.

The complaint says the forged document also had two fake West Virginia seals on it.

The letter is riddled with spelling and grammatical errors.

The complaint says the letter was sent to the Putnam County Probation office on Feb. 27.

The fake letter also included a motion to dismiss Justice II's upcoming probation hearing regarding a past burglary conviction.

The Governor's office says Governor Justice did not grant a pardon to Justice II.

Justice II is being charged with forgery of public record and forgery of official seals.

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