MCAO: Woman forges doctor's note to excuse husband from court appearance

Posted at 11:30 AM, Nov 14, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-14 16:31:58-05

PHOEINX — A Tempe woman has been charged for allegedly forging a doctor's note to get her husband excused from court appearances related to drug charges.

The Maricopa County Attorney's Office reports that Andrea Michelle Fairbanks, 42, paid a $25,000 bond to get her husband Jason Fairbanks out of jail after his arrest related to drug charges in Nevada.

Jason was scheduled to appear in court on October 9, instead, Andrea went in his place and informed the court that Jason was admitted to Mercy Gilbert Medical Center for surgery and wouldn't be out for 2-3 weeks. Two weeks later, she allegedly returned to court with a doctor's note saying Jason had surgery and was restricted from physical activity.

Investigators contacted the doctor named in the note who reportedly told them the letter was "100 percent a forgery." The doctor went on to say Jason was never his patient, and he had never met the Fairbanks. Court records show that the medical center also denied anyone being admitted under his name.

Jason and Andrea were arrested on November 7 at a motel near Priest and University drives.

Court records show that Andrea was also on probation for drug crimes out of Mohave County.

She has been charged with forgery, ID theft, and fraud.