Plain Dealer Cleveland, OH
Tuesday, November 30, 1999
ACCUSED OF LYING AGAIN NOTES FROM DOCTORS FAKE, PROSECUTORS SAY
by JAMES EWINGER PLAIN DEALER REPORTER
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F. Aurelius McKanze thought notes from his doctors would keep him
of prison yesterday. But prosecutors say the notes were forged
they want new charges against the convicted perjurer.
Prosecutors also want the judge to cancel a sentence of two years'
which he got for the perjury charge yesterday.
McKanze, also known as Fulton A. McCants, pleaded guilty to a
count of perjury last month because he claimed to be a
expert with a doctorate and other false credentials.
He had testified for Claire E. Freeman-McCown, the fired chief
of Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority, who sued the
over her firing and lost.
Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Judge William J. Coyne placed
of South Euclid, on probation because letters from two
indicated he was dying of prostate cancer that had spread
his body. Assistant County Prosecutors Darcy Moulin and
Goldberg said they did not have a chance to check out the
because they were submitted late last week by McKanze's
David Skall and Thomas Robenalt, McKanze's lawyers, declined
yesterday because the matter is pending before Coyne.
The judge will have another hearing Thursday on prosecutors'
bid to send McKanze to prison. Prosecutor William D. Mason
said he would present evidence about the doctors' letters to a
Goldberg and Moulin said they discovered the apparent deception
after McKanze was placed on probation yesterday morning. One of
doctors sent a fax to prosecutors, saying that the letter
to him did not bear his signature or proper letterhead and
he did not write it.
"This does not surprise me," Goldberg said. "This has been
modus operandi for the last 40 years."
Moulin said McKanze has nine felony convictions in state and
Goldberg said that as late as last June, he was still using the
McKanze and McCants on various bank and charge accounts.
Prosecutors began investigating after The Plain Dealer revealed
McKanze's claims in the Freeman-McCown trial appeared false. He
testified that he was a retired Air Force colonel, had attended
State University and earned a doctorate in criminal psychology
the University of Arizona. All three institutions denied those
Lawyers for Freeman-McCown said they plucked his name from the
Pages when they were seeking a handwriting expert to rebut
that she used forged documents to receive extra benefits from
Her lawyers said it was up to lawyers for CMHA to challenge
credentials and they raised none during the trial.
McKanze appeared in court yesterday completely bald. When he
looking gray hair and a full mustache.
Prosecutors said he had claimed to lose the hair to chemotherapy,
they had their suspicions, based on his criminal history and the
swiftness of the hair loss. They said they couldn't reach the doctors
week because of the holiday, and finally got to them yesterday.