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Carolyn Case, the woman charged with tying up her 3-year-old granddaughter, was arrested Friday morning after being indicted for allegedly falsifying her financial status to obtain a taxpayer-provided attorney.
The Anderson Grand Jury indicted Case Wednesday with one count of first-degree perjury, a Class D felony, according to court documents.
Case was arrested Friday morning by the Anderson County Sheriff’s Office and taken to the Shelby County Detention Center.
Case, according to the indictment, committed perjury when she “made a material false statement, which she did not believe, in an official proceeding, while under oath required or authorized by law” on or about Sept. 6, 2012.
A perjury charge could result in a prison sentence of up to five years, according to state statute.
The Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office began an investigation into Case’s claims of indigency following an investigation by The Anderson News in late December 2013.
Case, of 1024 Terri Lane, claimed on an affidavit of indigency that she did not own real estate shortly after her arrest in September of last year, according to the affidavit, which is on file in Anderson Circuit Court.
Judge Charles Hickman ordered a public defender for Case several days later.
However, real estate documents on file in the Anderson County Clerk’s office showed Case has owned the Terri Lane property since 1977, and took sole ownership when her husband passed away in April 2009, more than three years before her arrest.
The deed to the property shows no change in ownership since that time, meaning it appears when Case claimed she did not own real estate on the affidavit, she actually did.
Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney David Nutgrass said Wednesday morning that the perjury charge is a separate case from the second-degree criminal abuse charge against Case.
Arraignment for the perjury charge had not been scheduled yet as of Thursday afternoon, according to Nutgrass.
The perjury warning spelled out just above what appears to be Case’s signature on the affidavit says that knowingly making any false statement could result in a prison sentence of up to five years, according to a December 2013 Anderson News article. The warning also verifies that the person signing the affidavit has read it, or had it read to him or her, and is true, complete and accurate.
Case’s name is also shown on property tax bills on file at the Anderson County Sheriff’s Office. The 2013 property tax statement shows that the property is listed to Joe and Carolyn Case, and that Carolyn Case paid the bill Oct. 16, 2013, in cash.
Just above what appears to be Case’s signature on the affidavit, it says, “I also further swear to timely inform the court of any significant changes in any of the information above.”
That information includes an income statement, on which Case claimed to receive just under $1,300 a month from social security and disability payments.
However, nearly a year after claiming she did not own any property, Case obtained the $132,000 reverse mortgage, records show.
The affidavit also included several other questionable claims. For instance, Case claimed she does not own real estate but included in the expense portion of the affidavit that she pays for homeowners insurance.
Further, despite claiming not to own real estate, she left blank the line that tells how much rent she pays, but included utility bills on the expense portion of the affidavit.
She also claimed no landline or cell phone payment, but the contact number listed on the affidavit is a cell phone number that is apparently linked to her.
Case pled guilty to one count of criminal abuse on Jan. 7 in Circuit Court, and faces a five-year sentence without the possibility of probation.
As part of the agreement with the Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office, Case agreed to testify truthfully in any future court proceedings regarding the child-tying case.
A sentencing date for Case has been scheduled for Feb. 18.
For more information on this story, see Wednesday’s edition of The Anderson News.