PLATTSMOUTH – A former alternative public defender in Cass County has been charged with identity theft, forgery and theft in 2020.

Court records say the Nebraska State Patrol conducted an investigation after a court official in Johnson County noticed irregularities in filings and investigators say a Johnson County judge’s signature in a child support case has been forged.

An e-file stamp had an inconsistent font.

In April, the Nebraska Supreme Court suspended the law license of 33-year-old LaVista attorney James Owen, who had a law office in Plattsmouth.

He was arrested Oct. 24 and released on a $500 bond provision. He is scheduled for a court appearance Nov. 29.