Former Wayne clerk arrested on forgery charge

bestep@herald-leader.comSeptember 20, 2012 

Former Wayne County Clerk Melissa Turpin, who pleaded guilty and resigned in 2009 after being accused of stealing almost $140,000 from her office, was arrested Thursday on a new charge.

Turpin, 39, is charged with one count of second-degree forgery, according to a news release from Attorney General Jack Conway.

Turpin, office manager and title clerk for an auto auction business in Somerset, allegedly forged Pulaski County Clerk Ralph Troxtell's name on a vehicle title, according to a release from Conway's office.

The title was for a 2006 Toyota Highlander sold over the Internet to a Maryland resident, the release said.

Investigators from Conway's office arrested Turpin on Thursday. She was jailed in lieu of $5,000 bond, according to the release.

Turpin was ordered to make restitution after pleading guilty in 2009. Her plea deal called for a 10-year sentence, with all of spent on probation except for 60 days in jail and 120 days on home detention.

She remains on probation in Wayne and Franklin counties, according to Conway's office. The new criminal charge could affect that status.

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