Two deputies on leave, woman charged with running fraudulent legal practice

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Two Forsyth County Sheriff’s deputies were placed on paid leave and a North Forsyth woman was arrested on several charges related to a fraudulent legal practice.

Kimberly McAfee Pruitt, 42, of Forsyth County, was arrested on May 9 by Forsyth County Sheriff’s detectives.

Pruitt is being charged with forgery in the first degree, felony theft by taking, exploitation and intimidation of disabled or elderly adults and unauthorized practice of law.

The Forsyth County News reported that Pruitt worked for an attorney and went to some of the attorney’s clients to offer to provide services and took their money without authorization. Pruitt never provided legal services and accepted more than $20,000 in fees.

In a news release, the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office said detectives received a complaint that Pruitt was involved in fraudulent practices. After an investigation, a search warrant and arrest warrants for Pruitt were obtained, the release said.

Pruitt remains in custody at the Forsyth County Detention Center.

Pruitt’s bond is set at $18,535. Pruitt’s husband, Chadd Musgrave, was also arrested during the execution of the search warrant for possession of a sawed-off shotgun, a felony.

Musgrave is also being held at the Forsyth County Detention Center, and his bond is set at $11,110.

As a result of the investigation, two Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office deputies were placed on administrative leave on May 9 as part of the investigation.

Of the two deputies that were placed on administrative leave, one was returned to full duty last week and the other, Rick Clark resigned on May 12.

Sheriff Duane K. Piper requested the Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) assist in an investigation regarding the deputies involved in this case.