Sheriff's Deputy Accused of Using Wingdings Font to Forge Army Orders

The Wingdings font. Image via Wikipedia
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The wrong font choice eventually led to felony charges filed against a Denver Sheriff's Department deputy who is accused of forging military orders.

Matthew Jeremiah Pemberton, 25, allegedly forged orders between December 2017 and December 2018 that said he was attending U.S. Army training and would need paid leave from the sheriff's department, according to a news release from the Denver District Attorney's Office.

He was arrested Tuesday and is out on a personal recognizance bond.

Pemberton is accused of costing the city and county of Denver more than $20,000 for his own pay as well as overtime for other deputies, the DA's office said.

A staff member noticed that the orders did not appear to be authentic because some of the information was typed in Wingdings font, which prompted an internal investigation and the criminal charges, according to the release.

The internal investigation is ongoing, and Pemberton was placed on leave from the Denver Sheriff's Department.

Pemberton is facing felony charges of theft, computer crime, cybercrime, forgery of government documents, criminal impersonation to gain benefit and attempting to influence a public servant, his arrest document shows.


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