According to Etowah County Sheriff Todd Entrekin, 71 year old Everett Leon Stout of a St. Clair County address, and 66 year old Miriam Clare Shultz of Marshall County – were both arrested in connection with the recording of false documents against a circuit clerk, municipal persecutor, a federal judge and a federal probation officer.
The exact nature of the actions taken by the two has yet to be revealed.
Entrekin said the instruments were recorded in the offices of Etowah County’s Circuit Clerk and Probate Judge and he added (quote) “these types of false recordings have the potential to ruin the lives of public officials, and we won’t allow this to happen in Etowah County, and will prosecute these individuals to the fullest extent of the law.” (end-quote).
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.
Both Stout and Shultz are being detained in the Etowah County Detention Center on cash bonds of $200,000 each.