Posted: Feb 7, 2013 4:56 PM
Attorney General Jack Conway announced the indictment and arrest Thursday of former Wayne County Clerk Jennifer "Melissa" Turpin, 40, of Monticello following an investigation by his office.
A Pulaski County grand jury indicted Turpin on one count of second-degree forgery and one count of first-degree being a persistent felony offender.
The charges against Turpin follow an investigation by General Conway's Department of Criminal Investigations (DCI) that began in August 2012. Turpin, the office manager and title clerk for Somerset Auto Auction in Somerset, is accused of forging the signature of Pulaski County Clerk Ralph Troxell on a title for a 2006 Toyota Highlander sold on Craig's List to a Maryland resident.
Turpin is also currently on probation in Franklin Circuit Court for filing false tax returns and failure to pay tax and in Wayne Circuit Court for abuse of public trust over $10,000.
Turpin is being held in the Pulaski County Jail in lieu of a $25,000 full cash bond.