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Franklin Attorney Charged With Forgery

Posted at 3:54 PM, Jun 10, 2016
and last updated 2016-06-10 16:54:41-04

An attorney in Williamson County has been indicted on a charge of forgery.

Authorities with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation said they began investigating 39-year-old attorney John Jay Clark on July 29, 2015.

The investigation came after a complaint of forgery.

Through the investigation, TBI agents learned Clark represented a man in a divorce proceeding in the fall of 2013 and provided that client with a “final decree” which indicated the divorce was final.

That decree was shared with the client’s wife; however, in June 2015, the wife was informed her divorce proceedings were closed due to inactivity.

When she provided the decree to the Davidson County Clerk’s Office, TBI agents learned the decree was a false and forged document that had not been filed with the clerk’s office.

Agents said the divorce was not actually finalized.

The indictment for forgery of $500 or less was returned against Clark on Tuesday.

Clark turned himself in Friday and was booked into the Davidson County Jail on a $1,000 bond.