SAN ANTONIO (AP) - A San Antonio lawyer has been charged in a forgery and theft investigation involving legal payments and signatures of judges.
Bexar County District Attorney Susan Reed on Thursday announced the indictment of 51-year-old Hilda Valadez of San Antonio. The 46-count indictment includes charges of theft by deception, execution of a document by deception and tampering with a government record.
Jail records show Valadez was released Thursday night on $20,000 bond.
Prosecutors allege Valadez forged the signatures of three judges for payment as a court-appointed attorney. Reed says the case involves at least $120,000 in vouchers.
A clerk last year noticed signatures on some court payment forms for representing indigent clients did not appear to match a judge's signature.
Valadez says she's innocent and has tried to cooperate with authorities.
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