Thursday, 02 07, 2013
Shelley Catharine Johnson
Deputy Communications Director
Attorney General Jack Conway announced the indictment and arrest today of former Wayne County Clerk Jennifer "Melissa" Turpin of Monticello, Ky. following an investigation by his office. Turpin, 40, was lodged in the Pulaski County Jail in lieu of a $25,000 full cash bond.
A Pulaski County grand jury indicted Turpin on one count of forgery, Second Degree, a Class D felony, and one count of being a persistent felony offender, First Degree, a Class B felony.
The charges against Turpin follow an investigation by General Conway's Department of Criminal Investigations (DCI) that began in August of 2012. Turpin, the office manager and title clerk for Somerset Auto Auction in Somerset, Ky., is accused of forging the signature of Pulaski County Clerk Ralph Troxell on a title for a 2006 Toyota Highlander sold on Craigslist 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.
A charge is merely an accusation and a defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.