Two people are charged in Etowah County for allegedly passing false documents to county officials.
The Etowah County Sheriff's Office reports Everett Leon Stout, 71, of St. Clair County, was arrested on June 25, 2013, and charged with two counts of offering a false instrument for record.
Miriam Clare Shultz, 66, of Marshall County, was arrested on June 30, 2013, and also charged with two counts of offering a false instrument for record.
Stout and Shultz recorded false documents against a circuit clerk, municipal prosecutor, federal judge and federal probation officer.
The instruments were recorded in the offices of Etowah County's circuit clerk and probate judge.
Recording false instruments against public officials became a crime with the passage of House Bill 17 in the 2012 Alabama legislature.
According to the law passed in 2012, a false instrument is, "...a written instrument which relates to or affects the real or personal property, or an interest therein, or a contractual relationship of a public servant, knowing that the written instrument contains a materially false statement or materially false information, with the intent to defraud, intimidate, or harass the public servant, or to impede the public servant in the performance of his or her duties."
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