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Fraud suspect arrested on new charges

Deputy resigns as investigation continues

POSTED: May 16, 2014 10:32 p.m.
 

NORTH FORSYTH -- A north Forsyth woman has been arrested a second time in less than a week.

 

Kimberly McAfee Pruitt, 42, who bonded out of jail May 9 on four charges related to fraudulent legal practices, was arrested again Thursday on two new charges. She was released on $22,000 bond shortly after her arrest.

 

Doug Rainwater, Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office spokesman, said Pruitt was booked for possession of a sawed-off shotgun and felony theft by taking. The theft charge was similar to the charges for which she was arrested the first time, but involving a different victim.

 

“The felony theft by taking was a new case, but it resulted from the original investigation last week,” Rainwater said. “The investigation from last week and this one are complete and we’re just seeing if there are any other victims out there that might come forward.”

 

Pruitt posted an $18,535 bond after last week’s arrest on charges of first-degree forgery, theft by taking, exploitation and intimidation of disabled or elderly adults. She also faced a count of unauthorized practice of law, a misdemeanor.

 

In addition to Pruitt, two Forsyth County Sheriff’s deputies were under investigation in connection with the case.

 

While one deputy was cleared of being involved and is back on full duty, Rainwater said Deputy Joel Rick Clark is under investigation by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation. Clark, who’s been with the department for nearly 25 years, resigned Monday.

 

In an unrelated incident in 2009, Clark was demoted from lieutenant to deputy first class after an internal investigation.

 

In addition to Pruitt, her husband, Chadd Musgrave, also was charged with possession of a sawed-off shotgun last week. He was released May 10 on $11,110 bond.

 

Robin Regan, spokesperson for the sheriff’s office, said the case began when detectives received a complaint that Pruitt was involved in fraudulent practices.

 

Regan said Pruitt, who was employed by an attorney, offered to provide services to the attorney’s clients and took money from them without authorization to do so. She then did not provide any of the legal services promised, despite accepting more than $20,000 for those services, according to Regan.

 

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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