GM Injury Scammer Faked BigLaw Atty's Signature, Feds Say

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By Pete Brush (April 11, 2022, 4:48 PM EDT) — A California man accused of faking a $16.5 million General Motors injury settlement will face an aggravated identity theft count on top of fraud charges with a new charge of forging the signature of a Kirkland & Ellis LLP partner, a Manhattan federal judge heard Monday.

Prosecutor Nicholas Chiuchiolo of the Manhattan U.S. Attorney’s office told U.S. District Judge Paul G. Gardephe at a status conference that a superseding indictment will hit defendant Christopher Hammatt with the new count, which carries a two-year mandatory sentence.

The charge was disclosed as Judge Gardephe set a May 9 trial date. Hammatt’s lawyer, Donald…

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