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Probation for Lawrence woman who fled to Europe with daughters during custody dispute

Updated June 7, 2017-Kansas City's most wanted fugitives

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A Lawrence woman who forged her husband’s signature on documents before fleeing to Europe with their daughters has been placed on probation.

Samantha C. Elmer, 34, was ordered to serve six months of house arrest as part of her three-year term of probation.

Elmer was sentenced Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Kansas City, Kan., where she previously pleaded guilty to aggravated identity theft.

She and her husband were involved in a custody dispute in 2015 when Elmer forged his signature on passport applications for their 9- and 11-year-old daughters, according to court documents.

Elmer flew to Europe with the girls in October 2015.

She was arrested in early December 2015 after her return to the United States with the girls. Elmer said she returned after her money was stolen and the FBI agreed to not arrest her in front of the girls, according to court documents.

Tony Rizzo: 816-234-4435, @trizzkc

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