FORSYTH COUNTY — A Forsyth County Superior Court jury recently found a north Forsyth woman, the former wife of an ex-sheriff’s deputy who is serving a federal prison sentence for child pornography, guilty on five counts of theft by deception.
The jury returned the verdict against Kimberly McAfee Pruitt, 43, on Nov. 20 at the conclusion of a weeklong trial.
Forsyth County Superior Court Judge G. Grant Brantley presided over the case, which stemmed from reported fraudulent legal practices, and has scheduled Pruitt’s sentencing for Dec. 23.
In the meantime, Brantley ordered Pruitt remain in the custody of the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office.
In September 2014, Pruitt had been indicted on five charges of theft by deception which, according to the grand jury’s findings, totaled $33,000 from two different women in 2011 and 2012.
According to the sheriff’s office at the time, the case began when detectives received a complaint that Pruitt may have been involved in fraudulent practices.
She had been “working for an attorney and going to some of the attorney’s clients offering to provide services and then taking money from them. Basically, she defrauded an elderly person who has a child who faces sexually-based crimes.”
Pruitt was not authorized — nor did she actually provide — any of the legal services for which she accepted $30,000 from the elderly woman and another $3,000 from a second woman.
The attorney for whom she was working was not aware of her actions until investigators told him, authorities said at the time.
Pruitt is the former wife of Milton Scott Pruitt, 46, who was sentenced in 2009 to eight years and two months after a federal court jury found him guilty of one count each of knowingly receiving child pornography on his work and home computers.
He 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.
He was also 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.