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WILTON — A former South Glens Falls school district elementary school principal was charged with felony forgery Thursday for allegedly forging another person’s signature on a bank loan document, police said.

Joseph M. Palmer, 46, of Santee Drive, was charged with second-degree forgery after an investigation by State Police from the Wilton station. The charge accuses him of forging his ex-wife’s signature on paperwork for a loan modification related to a piece of property that they jointly owned.

The forgery is alleged to have happened in March 2017, and State Police received a complaint about it in December. After a four-month investigation, Palmer was charged Thursday night.

A phone message left at Palmer’s school district office Monday was not returned. No lawyer was listed for him in Wilton Town Court.

Palmer was principal of Harrison Avenue Elementary School for 13 years until last spring, when he left to become assistant director of planning and accountability for the Schenectady City School District.

He has served as the South Glens Falls varsity girls basketball coach for the past two seasons, after previously coaching girls basketball at lower levels in the district. South Glens Falls School Superintendent Jon Hunter said it had not been determined whether he would coach again next year, as the annual basketball coaching appointments for 2018-19 had not been posted yet.

Palmer was arraigned and released, pending prosecution in Wilton Town Court. The charge is punishable by up to 7 years in state prison, although a person without a significant criminal record likely wouldn’t face a jail or prison sentence if convicted.

He is due back in Wilton Town Court on April 24.

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Don Lehman covers crime and Warren County government for The Post-Star. His work can be found on Twitter @PS_CrimeCourts and on

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