FLORENCE, Ariz. – A San Tan Valley man has been arrested after requesting a court clerk to lie and forge legal documents in exchange for money.
On 3-21-2012, David Domanski, 40, of Queen Creek approached a clerk of the Pinal County Superior Court and requested a series of documents.
Later that same day Domanski called the same clerk via telephone and asked if she would, “Straight forward lie for $500?” to which the clerk replied, “No”. Domanski asked her to think about the offer because he was serious. The clerk requested Domanski send an email to her county email account detailing what he wanted her to do.
Within an hour Domanski sent the clerk an email to her county account asking her to lie about a felony Domanski would claim to family in North Carolina he committed. Domanski provided the clerk with a detailed list of charges and cash amount needed to avoid jail. He also wanted the clerk to lie to family members over the telephone and verify the information.
The clerk immediately alerted co-workers, who brought the incident to the attention of PCSO. The clerk agreed to work with PCSO detectives in setting up a sting operation on Domanski. Several emails were sent between the clerk and Domanski in which she agreed to help. On 3-22-2012, Domanski arrived at the Pinal County courthouse to collect the information he requested. He gave the clerk $20 cash and promised to pay her several hundred dollars more after his family sent money to cover the alleged legal fees.
The entire exchange was captured with undercover surveillance equipment as PCSO personal surrounded the subject. After the transaction was made, Domanski was arrested as he walked to his vehicle. Following his arrest, Domanski admitted to investigators his involvement in the scheme and indicated he fell on hard times and simply needed money.
|Domanski pictured as he’s being led away by PCSO detectives.|
Domanski has been charged with Fraudulent Schemes and Artifices
, Tampering with a Public Record
, and Bribery
Sheriff Paul Babeu stated, “A job well done by PCSO detectives and the brave county court clerk who stood up and did the right thing. In the end, Mr. Domanski got what he wanted: legal documents showing he was in trouble; only this time they are real