Phenix City attorney Dana Gentry was arrested Thursday afternoon on accusations he failed to appear in court, Lee County authorities said.
Gentry, 39, was picked up about 5:20 p.m. EDT at his Phenix City home, authorities said. He's accused of failing to appear at a July 26 arraignment in Lee County Circuit Court.
Gentry, however, said his arrest stemmed from a clerical error. He failed to appear in court because he never received notice of the court date.
"I was only up there 30 minutes," Gentry said Friday. "If the court had not made a mistake, I would still be sitting up there. The clerk's office sent the notices to the wrong address."
Thursday's arrest was the fourth time Gentry has been arrested in several months.
In September, Gentry was arrested for unlawful possession of a forged instrument and criminal simulation. Those charges stemmed from a civil case in which Gentry allegedly gave his clients a forged court order showing they were awarded $60,000 more in damages than they actually were after a November 2009 bench trial before Judge Jacob A. Walker III of Lee County Circuit Court. Court records show the case is still pending.
He was arrested again in November on a first-degree theft of property charge.
His third arrest came in February, when deputies arrested Gentry on theft accusations, Lee County sheriff's Capt. Van Jackson said.
"All of these cases stem from situations associated with Gentry's law firm's business," Jackson said.