Former Bookkeeper Charged in TBI Non-Profit Theft Case

Apr 15, 2014

Credit TBI

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation arrested a Woodlawn woman following a lengthy theft investigation. 

At the request of District Attorney General John Carney, the TBI began investigating Lisa Forest in 2012. Forest was the bookkeeper for Griffey and Associates and the Clarksville Charitable Educational Foundation.

The Montgomery County Grand Jury returned an indictment last week on Forest charging her with a single count of theft over $60,000.

The Clarksville Charitable Educational Foundation hired Griffey & Associates to manage rental property owned by the nonprofit. In 2012, the foundation discovered that the management firm kept most of the rental proceeds, dating back as far as 2008, totaling $70,124. Additionally, Griffey & Associates charged the nonprofit $21,139 for management services during the same time period. The investigation further revealed Forest kept some of the nonprofits' proceeds for herself, using some of it to pay other company clients. 

Forest turned herself into the Montgomery County Jail and was released on bail this morning.