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Nashville Attorney Behind Bars Tonight for Theft--Mikayla Lewis

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NASHVILLE, Tenn.--John E. Clemmons turned himself into Davidson County Friday night after being accused of stealing from elderly and disabled.

Nannie Malone, 81, was a client of Clemmons starting in 2008. Malone passed away from colon cancer last October. Clemmons was Malone's conservator and placed her in a Goodlettsville nursing home.

Alisa Boone, Malone's daughter-in-law said, " There are ways to leave this world humanely and she did not get that opportunity."

Malone's family says she never received her medication to make her at least comfortable or basic necessities at the nursing home, because of Malone wanting to save money for himself.

Teresa Lyle, Malone's daughter said, "My daughter would leave work at lunchtime to go and check on her and she would call me crying and say 'Mama she's just covered in urine.'"

Clemmons was supposed to take care of Malone's bills, property and healthcare. He turned himself into Davidson County after allegedly stealing Malone's money and two other clients, including in Rutherford County.

Lyle explained, "We questioned all the time, but we never really got anywhere...my sister Vicky ...she rode him all the time. She rode him on  daily basis."

Lyle says Clemmons threatened to never let her family see their mother again when the family threatened to have Clemmons audited. It took a toll not only on Malone's bank account, but also on her daughter Vicky in August 2010.

Lyle said, "She couldn't handle not being with mama, so she killed herself."

When John Clemmons was arrested in Rutherford County earlier this year, Nannie Malone's family hired attorney, Michael Hoskins to file a civil suit.

Michael Hoskins said, " It's more repulsive because this was an attorney this was someone the court entrusted."

Malone reportedly had more than $300,000 in her Credit Union account, a large checking account, and a farm worth nearly $1 million dollars. Hoskins says Clemmons wrote nearly 50 checks to himself, for money he didn't earn.

 Hoskins added, "He never filed and somehow  in violation of the statute it was approved by the court and it's completely unacceptable."

Alisa Boone says, "It's not just about the money, its the person and the way their treated. We don't other people to be hurt because of this. We want people to be aware."

Clemmons faces one count for perjury , TennCare fraud and three county of property theft. Clemmons faces sentencing in Rutherford County this month. Clemmons bond is set $500,000 in Davidson County. Clemmons lawyers could not be reached for comment.

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