July 25, 2016

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Doctoring court documents gets woman 6 months in jail

MEDINA — A Granger Township woman found guilty in February of doctoring court transcripts was sentenced Monday to six months in jail and five years of probation.

Lynn M. Vandeusen, 49, of 1222 Ledge Road, was convicted of tampering with records, a third-degree felony, and forgery, a fifth-degree felony.

Lynn M. Vandeusen, right, was sentenced Monday to six months in jail and five years of probation for tampering with the transcripts from her divorce court proceedings. A jury found her guilty in February. Also pictured is Vandeusen’s attorney, Michael Ash. (GAZETTE PHOTO BY NICK GLUNT)

She was accused of altering her divorce court transcripts, obtained from the court stenographer, so she would be awarded more money in the settlement.

Vandeusen’s criminal trial spanned several days of evidence, including witness testimony from court stenographers and attorneys who worked on the divorce case.

Her sentencing was scheduled for last week, but was postponed after she told the judge her attorney had promised she would be acquitted.

She retracted her accusation in court Monday, saying instead that other attorneys and friends told her that.

Common Pleas Judge Christopher J. Collier said Vandeusen’s actions show she created a “web of deceit” and ordered that she undergo psychological evaluation and counseling.

“I want to know if this societal harming can be fixed,” he said.

Vandeusen was fired from her job as an insurance fraud investigator and Collier made it a provision of her probation that her employment be closely monitored. Collier said he added that provision to protect employers and customers who could be harmed by her deceit.

He warned Vandeusen that if she violated her probation, he would send her to prison for four years.

“The court is very concerned with your ability to manipulate,” Collier told Vandeusen.

Vandeusen’s attorney, Michael Ash, said he thought Collier’s sentencing was fair.

“The sentence was very close to what I recommended,” Ash said. “I’m glad that Judge Collier recognized some of the issues brought up in my sentencing memorandum.”

County Assistant Prosecutor Scott Salisbury had asked the judge to send Vandeusen to prison.

“She will lie to benefit herself in any way,” Salisbury told the court. “We ask that she be given a prison sentence and that the sentence be greater than the minimum.”

Ash said he’s not sure whether Vandeusen will appeal the decision. She has a month to decide.

Contact reporter Nick Glunt at (330) 721-4048 or nglunt@medina-gazette.com.

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Nick Glunt primarily covers courts and crime in Medina County. He served The Gazette from September 2012 to December 2015. Contact him at (330) 721-4048 or via email at nglunt@medina-gazette.com.