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Raise Money for Appeal for Grandmother/Friend- Alvianette G. Kennedy
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In 2017, while serving abroad as a minister, Alvianette Kennedy was notified of a warrant for her arrest. Unaware of the charges, she promptly returned to the U.S and turned herself in to address the allegations. These charges were for Forgery Unauthorized Act in Writing, Forgery Alter Writing, Secure Execution of Documents by Deception and False/Fraud Incomplete Insurance Claim. These charges are the result of miscommunication between doctor, insurance company and patient over a prescription for physical therapy prescribed four years ago.

 

What Led To The Charges:

After being in an accident, Rev. Kennedy went to the doctor for both neck and back injuries and was prescribed physical therapy to help her regain strength and to heal her back. In the transmission of the prescription between the doctor, the physical therapist and the insurance company, someone placed dates on the document, thus altering it. These specific dates outline that Rev. Kennedy “did not work” on those dates. Rev. Kennedy submitted her prescription slip received from her doctor to the insurance company. Her prescription did not contain those alterations, "the dates." However, in the transmission of the document by other parties, these dates were added which led to the charges.

 

What Happened Next

 

The DA decided to drop two of the charges, Forgery Alter Writing and also Unauthorized Act in Writing after it was proven that she did not commit forgery. Despite removing these two charges, which formed the basis for the arrest, the DA kept the other two, False Insurance Claim and Secure Execution of Documents by Deception.   Due to Rev. Kennedy’s humble and modest lifestyle, she sought the counsel of a public defender, in hopes that she would have a just representation. Unfortunately, this defender suffered the plight of most being overworked and overloaded with caseloads. As a result, Rev. Kennedy’s case was mishandled, her counsel was ill-prepared and was not able to adequately represent her in court to prove the miscommunication between the Insurance Company and doctors involved in the case. The jury felt there was insufficient evidence to prove her innocence. However, the PD had in his possession additional evidence which he did not present to the court. This evidence could have been and most likely is the further proof the jury needed. Now we are raising money to get better counsel for Rev. Kennedy and appeal her case.

 

Rev. Alvianette Kennedy has been a staple in the Nova Scotia community. She is a loving mother of two daughters, a doting grandmother, and a widow. Her life has been turned upside down due to a severe turn of unfortunate events. Lastly, because Rev. Kennedy believed that the system would work in favor of the innocent, she chose to turn her self in, face the charges and work to rectify the situation and was hoping the system would rightfully advocate for her just as she has for others. Rev. Kennedy is now facing up to 5 years in jail time and $15,000 in fines, $5,000 of which is in restitution. With your help, we can raise money for her to secure an attorney for an appeal.

 

Please help us raise funds for an appeal and reverse this unjust ruling!

 

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