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Two charged after forging signature to remove man from sex offender registry, TBI says

Two people were indicted with identity theft and several other charges after TBI said they found they forged the signature of a mental health consultant.
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Brenna Cervino - James Bundy

JEFFERSON COUNTY, Tenn. — A man and a woman turned themselves in this week after the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation charged them with forgery, identity theft and fabricating evidence among other charges, according to a press release.

In December 2018, agents began investigating allegations that Brenna Cervino, 37, helped James Bundy, 36, get off the North Carolina Sex Offender Registry.

TBI agents said they found that Cervino forged a mental health consultant's signature on an evaluation document in order to get Bundy removed from the registry.

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A Jefferson County Grand Jury returned indictments last week charging them both with one count of criminal simulation, one count of forgery, one count of identity theft, one count of fabricating evidence, and one count of false reporting. 

Bundy turned himself in on Tuesday and was booked with a $15,000 bond. Thursday morning, Cervino turned herself in and was booked on a $30,000 bond, authorities said.

This isn't the first time Cervino has been charged with false reporting. In September 2016, TBI records show she was arrested on charges in Jefferson County including official oppression, falsifying court records, official misconduct, and false reporting. She was also charged in Sevier County for making a false report on the same day.