CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – Two Montgomery County attorneys have been charged with extortion after a two-year investigation into allegations they attempted to force a client to pay them an additional $50,000 for services.
WKRN News 2 reports that defense attorney Fletcher Long, 45, and his colleague, Carrie Gasaway, 43, were indicted on one count each of extortion. They surrendered at the Montgomery County jail and were scheduled to be arraigned Wednesday afternoon.
The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI) began investigating the pair in February of 2012.
According to a release, the victim said she sought legal services from Gasaway in October 2010 to read her father’s will and an initial fee was agreed upon by both parties.
After the will reading, Gasaway requested the victim sign a contract for an additional $50,000.
When the victim refused, the TBI said Long joined Gasaway in making continued demands for the additional payment and later obtained a warrant for her arrest.
The case was presented to a Montgomery County grand jury, which returned the indictments last week.
TBI said the investigation is active and ongoing.
Long, who is the attorney for Vanderbilt rape suspect Brandon Vandenburg, was arrested late last year on harassment charges.
Gasaway released the following statement regarding the case:
“I am obviously disappointed and anxious to move to get this resolved. While I disagree with the preliminary decision, I am a strong believer in our justice system. The process sometimes takes longer than we would like to get to the truth.
The government has known about this matter for more than two years. Today, I move toward being exonerated of the charge brought against me. I hope that this issue does not cast a shadow over the great work my current law firm continues to do.
I ask that everyone respect the privacy of my associates, my staff and especially my family as we move forward to clear up this legal issue. This matter will not affect the work that I do. For over 16 years I have fought tirelessly on behalf of my clients. I will continue to do so while my team of attorneys work to see that I am acquitted.”
WKRN News 2 contributed to this report.