Fri., 9:52 pm: Woman accused of taking undeserved military benefits

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WARREN A Girard woman accused of tampering with her military records to get benefits authorities say she didn’t earn waived her preliminary hearing today in Municipal Court, meaning her case was automatically bound over to Trumbull County Common Pleas Court.

Shirley Doughty, 54, appeared with her attorney, Robert Shaker, before Warren Municipal Court Judge Thomas P. Gysegem.

Doughty was arrested at her residence Dec. 11 after Trumbull County Sheriff’s Office Maj. Tom Stewart filed a warrant for her arrest on a tampering with records charge a third-degree felony punishable by up to five years in prison.

The Trumbull County Veterans Commission in Warren reported that on Aug. 20, Doughty applied for financial assistance from the Veterans Administration with what appeared to be altered documents that falsely claimed she spent time in Iraq and was awarded a Purple Heart, among other issues.

Read the full story in the Saturday Tribune Chronicle