Office of the Attorney General
Former Wayne County Clerk Arrested on Forgery Charges
Attorney General Jack Conway announced the arrest today of the former Wayne County Clerk following an investigation by his office. Investigators from General Conway's Department of Criminal Investigations (DCI) arrested 39-year-old Jennifer "Melissa" Turpin of Monticello, Ky. this morning on one count of forgery, 2nd Degree, a Class D felony.
Turpin, the office manager and title clerk for Somerset Auto Auction in Somerset, Ky., was transported to the Pulaski County Detention Center by Somerset Police. She is jailed in lieu of $5,000 bond.
Turpin is accused of forging the signature of Pulaski County Clerk Ralph Troxtell 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.
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