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Kentucky Woman Sentenced To Two Years For Forgery Of Federal Judge's Signature

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Eastern District of Tennessee

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – On December 8, 2023, Sunshine Ann Miller, 44, currently of Whitley City, Kentucky, was sentenced to two years imprisonment by the Honorable Katheryn A. Crytzer, in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee at Knoxville. 

As part of the plea agreement filed with the court, Miller agreed to plead guilty to an indictment charging her with forging the signature of a United States District Judge in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 505.  Following her imprisonment, she will be on supervised release for two years. 

According to court filed documents, in August 2019, Miller sought to extort money from an elderly, bedridden resident of Scott County, Tennessee.  While serving as the victim’s caregiver, Miller provided him with a counterfeit federal warrant, upon which she had forged the signature of Pamela L. Reeves.  Prior to her passing on September 10, 2020, Reeves had been a United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Tennessee.

Miller’s conviction was the result of an investigation by the Tennessee Highway Patrol, U.S. Secret Service, and the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation.  The investigation was led by Secret Service Task Force Officer Jonathan Scott.

Assistant United States Attorney Frank M. Dale, Jr. represented the United States.



Rachelle Barnes
Public Information Officer
(865) 225-1671

Updated December 8, 2023

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