Police & Courts

Quincy attorney accused of forging court order

Roni VanAusdall
By Herald-Whig
Posted: Nov. 19, 2019 11:10 am

QUINCY -- A Quincy attorney has been indicted on three counts of forgery after she reportedly crafted an agreed court order in a divorce case without the consent of the other attorney involved.

The indictment alleges on Oct. 31 Roni S. VanAusdall prepared a two-page handwritten court order in a divorce case. The order was "purported to have been an agreed court order between her and attorney Nick Rober, knowing the document to have been made and to set forth an agreement that did not exist."

VanAusdall, 42, was indicted by the Adams County grand jury Thursday and issued a summons to appear in court Nov. 27.

Court records in the divorce case showed that Judge Holly Henze vacated a ruling on Oct. 31 that had been entered earlier in the day, and ordered an appearance for the attorneys the next day.

VanAusdall's attorney, Tony Cameron said it appeared the case was filed without the involvement of investigators and instead "lawyers taking action on other lawyers' unhappiness."

"Since no peace officer/investigator was involved, no trained investigator took the basic, deductive step of bothering to ask Roni to relate what occurred," Cameron said. "Since charges are now filed, we will wait to tell our story to the only people who matter, an Adams County jury."

The Herald-Whig has confirmed that at least one complaint against VanAusdall has been filed with the Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission.

VanAusdall has been an attorney in Illinois since 2003 and has been a managing partner of Danner, VanAusdall and Associates since 2016.

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