Leah Hulan is the so-called Bond Girl of Middle Tennessee -- known for her bail bonding business and provocative ads.
A NewsChannel 5 investigation first discovered serious questions about a death certificate she gave the courts.
It turned out to be fake.
So what happened?
Our chief investigator Phil Williams says it took months.
But, after our investigation, Leah Hulan was finally forced to pay the hundred thousand dollars she owed taxpayers.
Still, a former competitor questions whether it was really justice.
"I have a wonderful relationship with our judges, the DAs," Hulan first told Williams last year.
But justice looks very differently to a former bail-bonds competitor, Charles Johnson.
"Williamson County has a reputation for being hard on poor people and black people," Johnson now says.
Hulan quickly became known around Franklin for her sex-charged cable T-V ads.
Some even knew about the adults-only website that she operated for a while.
"I've had a lot of people pass by my billboards and just call me and tell me, you know, you're so pretty or you're hot," Hulan told us.
Johnson says, "She told me that she was going to write all the bonds, and if you are in my way, get out of my way."
In fact, Hulan had blamed competitors like Johnson for first suggesting that she had given the courts a fake death certificate -- just in time for her and her husband to get out of paying a hundred thousand dollar bond.
"Our court system said it was valid -- so case closed," she said last year.
The bond involved alleged drug dealer Salvio Diaz, who had worked around Hulan's farm before he skipped town.
Davidson County district attorney general Torry Johnson called the death certificate "a complete fraud upon the court system."
Still, even when district attorneys in Davidson County questioned whether Williamson County judges had been tricked, her own DAs just ignored it.
But Williamson County DAs did haul Charles Johnson before a judge -- and put him out of business -- over complaints that two clients had trouble getting their money back.
DAs even demanded that he explain a $30 subtraction error.
"It wasn't that I was trying to steal any money -- it was just a human error," Johnson says. "Anybody could make the same mistake."
In fact, it wasn't until NewsChannel 5 Investigates uncovered evidence that Hulan had indeed given the courts a fake death certificate that the Williamson County DA's office finally assigned investigator Barry Carroll to analyze it.
"It's bogus -- flat out," Carroll says. "There's no doubt at all."