CARRIE GASAWAY: WELL-KNOWN TENNESSEE ATTORNEY ARRESTED FOR ALLEGEDLY EXTORTING CLIENT FOR MORE MONEY, REPORT SAYS — 3/13/2014
Two well-known Middle Tennessee attorneys were jailed Wednesday following an accusation they had a client arrested after pressuring her for more money in legal fees.
The Channel 4 I-Team has confirmed attorney Fletcher Long will face a new criminal charge, his second in just the last four months.
Long, who is on the legal team for Vanderbilt rape suspect Brandon Vandenburg, was indicted on a charge of extortion last week by a Montgomery County grand jury.
Fletcher Long, 45, of Adams, TN, and Carrie Gasaway, 43, of Clarksville, surrendered to the Montgomery County Jail after being indicted for extortion. Their former client says the lawyers had her arrested over a bill they knew she couldn't pay.
On Tuesday, the Channel 4 I-Team reported Long and Gasaway were accused of demanding a former client make additional payments for their services even after an initial fee was agreed upon by both parties. When the client refused the higher fee, they allegedly obtained an arrest warrant accusing the client of theft.
Long and Gasaway were released on their own recognizance Wednesday, and their attorneys entered not-guilty pleas on their behalf at an arraignment later in the afternoon.