GBI investigates Forsyth County deputy who resigned - CBS46 News

GBI investigates Forsyth County deputy who resigned

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The Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) is investigating a long-time sheriff's deputy who had ties to a woman facing fraud charges.

The Forsyth County Sheriff's Office first launched the investigation into Joel "Rick" Clark, a 25-year veteran. Detectives said they received information Clark may have tipped off the suspect about details of her case.

A spokesman said Clark resigned shortly after the investigation began. The sheriff's office has turned the investigation over to the GBI.

"We want everything to be above board, and it wouldn't look right if we investigated ourselves if something could become a criminal matter," said Deputy Doug Rainwater, a spokesman for the department. "It's very important for us to act very quickly."

Kim Pruitt, 42, is accused of promising people legal services then ripping them off.

CBS46 talked to one alleged victim, 69-year-old Betty Davis of Woodbury. Davis said she hired the law firm Pruitt worked for to help her defend her son on child pornography charges.

"What can I say? I'm glad that Kim was arrested," said Davis. "I rejoiced when that happened."

Davis said she was writing checks for her son's legal defense and Pruitt allegedly pocketed nearly $23,000.

"I would like for her to be punished, not just have to pay the money back,"said Davis. "I'm not the only person she did this to. She knew very well what she was doing."

Pruitt has longtime ties to the sheriff's office. Her ex-husband, Scott Pruitt, was a deputy who was convicted on child pornography charges several years ago.

Police also arrested Pruitt's current husband, Chadd Musgrave, on charges he had a sawed-off shotgun.

The couple has posted bond and will appear in court at a later date.

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