Former bookkeeper charged in TBI nonprofit theft case

Staff Reports • Dec 17, 2015 at 6:20 PM

NASHVILLE – Tennessee Bureau of Investigation agents charged a Woodlawn woman following a lengthy theft investigation.

At the request of District Attorney General John Carney, the TBI began an investigation on Lisa Forest on Jan. 1, 2012.

Forest, 48, was the bookkeeper for Griffey & Associates, as well as the Clarksville Charitable Educational Foundation.

The foundation hired Griffey & Associates to manage rental property owned by the nonprofit. In 2012, the foundation discovered Griffey & Associates kept most of the rental proceeds, dating back as far as 2008, totaling $70,124.84.

Additionally, Griffey & Associates charged the nonprofit $21,139.42 for management services during the same time period. The investigation further revealed Forest kept some of the nonprofit’s proceeds for herself, and used some of it to pay other company clients.

Last week, a Montgomery County grand jury returned an indictment on Forest, charging her with a single count of theft of more than $60,000. Forest turned herself in at the Montgomery County Jail on Tuesday, posted a $10,000 bond and was released.

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