Special agents with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation executed a search warrant at the Hendersonville home of attorney Andy Allman on Wednesday, according to TBI spokesman Josh Devine.
TBI agents began investigating Allman and his law firm on theft allegations in December at the request of 18th Judicial District Attorney General Ray Whitley, Devine said. Wednesday's search was part of that investigation.
According to Metro Nashville Criminal Court records, Allman is charged with one count of theft of $60,000 to $250,000, a felony, in Davidson County. His bond was set at $25,000.
Devine said TBI officials did not arrest Allman on Wednesday. However, an inmate search of Davidson County jail records show Allman was booked at 1:30 p.m. and released at 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday. It was not immediately clear if Allman was arrested by Metro Nashville police or if he turned himself in.
Allman, 48, was temporarily suspended from practicing law in September by the Tennessee Supreme Court's Board of Professional Responsibility "upon finding Mr. Allman failed to respond to the board regarding complaints of misconduct, misappropriated funds and posed a threat of substantial harm to the public," according to a media release issued by the board.
In December, the board filed a lawsuit asking Sumner County Chancery Court Judge Louis Oliver to appoint a receiver to review and take custody of Allman's files and "to protect the interests of Allman, his clients and the public," according to chancery court records.
Records also show that Oliver appointed Gallatin attorney Dennis Powers as the receiver in the case.
The Hendersonville Standard will have more on this story as it develops.