(TBI NEWS RELEASE) – An investigation by Special Agents with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation and investigators with the Dyer County Sheriff’s Office has resulted in the arrest of an attorney and another man, both from Dyersburg, on charges of Extortion.
At the request of 29th District Attorney General Danny Goodman, on Wednesday, the TBI joined an investigation of extortion reported to the Dyer County Sheriff’s Office. During the course of the investigation, Kelly Law Firm attorney Sam Kelly (DOB: 3/28/69) and Mark Morgan (DOB: 3/22/58) were identified as the people responsible for trying to extort money from an individual in exchange for alleged information about an ongoing criminal investigation. As part of the investigation, yesterday, Agents and investigators arranged a controlled meeting during which the victim and suspects could exchange money for the alleged information. Kelly and Morgan were taken into custody when they left the meeting with the money.
Kelly was booked into the Dyer County Jail on one count of Extortion and one count of Resisting Arrest on $3,500 bond. Morgan was booked into the Dyer County Jail on one count of Extortion. His bond will be set during his first court appearance.
They Dyersburg Police Department and 29th Judicial Drug Taskforce assisted with the investigation.