May 29, 2015 8:00 PM

Man allegedly posed as Justice of the Peace; forged marriage certificates

HAMPTON - Police say Scott Baldwin officiated at least two weddings and signed marriage certificates for multiple couples - despite never becoming a Justice of the Peace.

The 55-year-old is now facing three felony charges and three misdemeanors.

One of the weddings Baldwin allegedly officiated was for his niece.

The N.H. Attorney General's Office said Baldwin also allegedly forged the signatures of Hampton town officials to "certify" the marriage certificates.

“Forgery – and especially the forgery of an official - is serious," said Asst. Attorney General Steve LaBonte. "But also leading couples to believe they're married when they’re not is serious as well.”

Baldwin waived an arraignment appearance scheduled for Friday afternoon at Rockingham County Superior Court. He did not enter a plea.

When confronted by NH1 News as he was leaving the courthouse, Baldwin said he was "absolutely not guilty" and claimed the court documents were not accurate.

When asked about falsifying a signature, Baldwin replied: "Have a good day."

If convicted on the felony charges, he could face up to more than 20 years in prison.


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