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North Forsyth woman arrested in fraud case

Two sheriff's deputies on leave as probe continues

POSTED: May 9, 2014 11:59 p.m.
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NORTH FORSYTH — An investigation into a complaint of fraudulent legal practices has resulted in the arrest of a north Forsyth woman on several felony charges.

According to the sheriff’s office, 42-year-old Kimberly McAfee Pruitt has been charged with first-degree forgery, theft by taking, exploitation and intimidation of disabled or elderly adults. She also faces a count of unauthorized practice of law, a misdemeanor.

In addition, two Forsyth County Sheriff’s deputies have been placed on paid administrative leave as a result of the investigation.  

Robin Regan, a spokesman for the sheriff’s office, could not go into specifics, but said the deputies “were involved in what Pruitt was arrested for.”

Due to the nature of the incident, Regan said Sheriff Duane Piper has asked the Georgia Bureau of Investigation to assist in the investigation of the deputies, whose names have not been released.

Regan said the sheriff’s office would have more details on the deputies’ situation by midweek.

Also arrested Friday afternoon was Pruitt’s husband, Chadd Musgrave, who was charged with possession of a sawed-off shotgun, a felony.

According to Regan, the weapon was found when investigators searched the couple’s home in northeast Forsyth.

As of early Saturday, Musgrave remained in custody at the Forsyth County Detention Center, where his bond has been set at $11,110.

Regan said Pruitt was released from the detention center Friday night after posting a bond of $18,535.

According to Regan, the case began when sheriff’s detectives received a complaint that Pruitt was involved in fraudulent practices.

“She was working for an attorney and going to some the attorney’s clients offering to provide services and then taking money from them,” he said.

“Basically, she defrauded an elderly person who has a child who faces sexually-based crimes.”

Regan added that Pruitt wasn’t authorized — nor did she actually provide — any of the legal services for which she accepted more than $20,000.

The attorney for whom Pruitt was working was not aware of Pruitt’s actions until investigators told him, Regan said.

According to the sheriff’s office, the investigation is ongoing and involves additional incidents.

“And we do believe there are other victims beyond what we know about,” Regan said. “If there are, we encourage them to come forward.”

Early Saturday, the sheriff’s office confirmed that Pruitt is the former wife of Milton Scott Pruitt, an ex-sheriff’s deputy who is serving a federal sentence for child pornography.

Scott Pruitt, 45, was sentenced in 2009 to eight years and two months in prison in federal court after a jury found him guilty of one count each of knowingly receiving child pornography on his work and home computers.

Pruitt was accused of using his county-issued computer to access files belonging to the sheriff's Internet Crimes Against Children Taskforce without authorization. He was fired in May 2007 amid the allegations.

Less than a week after the former sergeant's termination, he was arrested and charged with 20 felony counts of violation of the Computer Pornography and Child Exploitation Prevention Act.

In addition, he was charged with one count each of theft by taking, theft by conversion, computer trespass and violation of oath of office.

He later ran unsuccessfully for sheriff against then incumbent Ted Paxton in the July 2008 Republican primary, finishing second in a three-man race.

 

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