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Forgery charges withdrawn against Somerset man

February 2, 2019

Charges of forgery against a 30-year-old Somerset man who repeatedly applied to the Pennsylvania State Police were withdrawn by the district attorney this week.

Andrew Scott Hixson, Aiken Avenue, was charged Tuesday with forging his father’s name on applications filed in 2017 and again in January. He was scheduled for a preliminary hearing before District Judge Ken Johnson, of Somerset, on Feb. 8, but he had a hearing on Wednesday instead.

The investigating trooper explained that the father had given his son authority to sign his name on the employment application, District Attorney Lisa Lazzari-Strasiser said in a telephone interview Friday.

Hixson still faces a charge of unsworn falsification to authorities, a second-degree misdemeanor, she said. That charge was held to Somerset County court.

According to a probable-cause affidavit, Hixson told police he had not forged his father’s name when asked by a trooper investigating the employment application. He later said he signed the name and lied about it because he “thought he could get through the process quicker.”