Police: Plainfield man fights eviction by forging court orders
By Janet Lundquist firstname.lastname@example.org July 10, 2013 12:42PM
Marc R. Franzen | Photo courtesy of Will County Sheriff's Office
Updated: August 12, 2013 11:35AM
A man seemingly desperate to keep a bank from taking his Plainfield house allegedly took matters into his own hands, police said, forging court orders extending his stay.
Marc R. Franzen, 46, faces two felony counts of forgery, accused of forging a Will County judge’s name on several court orders extending his eviction date from the house at 25049 Michele Drive in Plainfield, Sheriff’s police said.
Franzen’s alleged scheme was discovered by an attorney for Bank of America, the bank attempting to take possession of the house, authorities said.
The foreclosure complaint against Franzen was filed in September 2009.
The lawyer, who had attended court hearings on Franzen’s case, didn’t remember hearing the judge order the extensions.
He asked the Will County sheriff to investigate. Police determined the court orders were forged by Franzen, said Deputy Chief Ken Kaupas.
Franzen allegedly forged Judge Richard Seigel’s name on three court orders and turned them in to the Sheriff’s civil division in February, March and June, Kaupas said.
A no-bond warrant was issued for Franzen’s arrest June 28, Kaupas said.
“I think some judges are upset,” Kaupas said.
Franzen contacted the Sheriff’s department to ask what they wanted, and was taken into custody Monday.
Franzen also faces a charge of identity theft in an unrelated case in Will County. He is accused of using someone else’s credit card to fraudulently obtain electric service.
Franzen also has several pending traffic tickets from Plainfield for texting while driving, failing to obey a stop sign and not having a front license plate on his car.