TBI charges two attorneys in extortion case

Staff Reports • Updated Mar 13, 2014 at 1:33 AM

NASHVILLE – Following a two-year investigation, Tennessee Bureau of Investigation agents charged two attorneys after a grand jury returned indictments last week in an extortion case.

On Feb. 28, 2012 and at the request of District Attorney General John Carney, TBI began an investigation. In October 2010, the victim in this case advised she sought legal services from Gasaway, Long and Associates for the purposes of representing her in the reading of her father’s will. Both parties agreed on an initial fee for the services.

After the will reading, the attorney, Carrie Gasaway, requested the victim sign a contract for an additional $50,000. When the victim refused to sign the contract, Gasaway and another attorney, Fletcher Long, made continued demands for the additional payment and then got an arrest warrant for the victim with a $75,000 bond. After the victim was arrested, she retained another attorney, who through a judge, had the bond reduced to $2,500, which allowed her to make bond and to be released.

On March 5, the case was presented to a Montgomery County grand jury, which returned indictments for one count of extortion against Gasaway, 43, of Clarksville, and one count of extortion against Fletcher Long, 45, of Adams.

Both Gasaway and Long surrendered themselves Wednesday afternoon at the Montgomery County Jail. Both were released on their own recognizance. The arraignment hearing was set for Wednesday at 2 p.m.

The investigation is still active and ongoing, agents said. District Attorney General Tommy Thompson will prosecute the case.

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