Offering False Instrument Arrests
(Etowah County, Alabama) Two individuals have been arrested and charged for offering a false instrument for record, according to Sheriff Todd Entrekin.
Everett Leon Stout, 71, of St. Clair County, was arrested on June 25 and charged with two counts of offering a false instrument for record.
Miriam Clare Shultz, 66, of Marshall County, was arrested on June 30 and also charged with two counts of offering a false instrument for record.
Stout and Shultz recorded false documents against a circuit clerk, municipal prosecutor, federal judge and federal probation officer. The instruments were recorded in the offices of Etowah County’s circuit clerk and probate judge.
“These types of false recordings have the potential to ruin public officials’ lives,” says Sheriff Entrekin. “We will not allow this to happen in Etowah County and will prosecute these individuals to the fullest extent of the law.”
Recording false instruments against public officials became a crime with the passage of House Bill 17 in the 2012 Alabama legislature. The charge is a Class C Felony.
Stout and Shultz are currently being detained in the Etowah County Detention Center on $200,000 cash bond each.
Agencies involved in the case include: Etowah County Sheriff’s Office, DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office, U.S. Marshal’s Gulf Coast Regional Fugitive Task Force and the FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force.
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