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Tallahassee Man Sentenced to Prison For Use Of Bogus Court Order

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Northern District of Florida

TALLAHASSEE, FLORIDA – Frank William Johannissohn, 67, of Tallahassee, was sentenced late yesterday by United States District Judge Robert L. Hinkle to 25 months in federal prison for mail fraud and aggravated identity theft.  The sentence was announced today by Pamela C. Marsh, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Florida.

In July 2013, Johannissohn mailed a fraudulent “Redress of Alimony” order bearing the forged signatures of a Wakulla County circuit court judge and a deputy clerk of the court to the United States Office of Personnel Management.  The fraudulent “Redress of Alimony” purported to order the termination of Johannissohn’s obligations to provide health insurance, survivor benefits, and alimony for his former spouse.  Johannissohn mailed the fraudulent document in an attempt to remove his former spouse as the surviving beneficiary of his federal retirement annuity.

The case was investigated by the United States Office of Personnel Management’s Office of Inspector General with the assistance of the Wakulla County Sheriff’s Office and the Leon County Sheriff’s Office.  The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Jason Beaton.

The United States Attorney's Office for the Northern District of Florida is one of 94 offices that serve as the nation’s principal litigators under the direction of the Attorney General.  The office strives to protect and serve the citizens of the Northern District of Florida through the ethical, vigorous, and impartial enforcement of the laws of the United States, to defend the national security, to improve the safety and quality of life in our communities through the protection of civil rights, and to protect the public funds and financial assets of the United States.  To access public court documents online, please visit the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Florida website.  For more information about the United States Attorney’s Office, Northern District of Florida, visit

Updated June 1, 2015