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Ex-Conyers official gets prison for embezzling $130K for waterslide, Xmas decor

Ex-Conyers official gets prison for embezzling $130K for waterslide, Xmas decor
September 30, 2009 --

Kristi Kirkus Wilson pleaded guilty in June to embezzling $130,000 that she spent on a waterslide, a barn, outdoor Christmas decorations and other home improvements. Today, a federal judge ordered Wilson, former executive director of the Conyers Housing Authority, to pay it all back and serve 18 months in prison.

Ex-Rep. Roger Byrd: 20 years’ probation + $210K restitution

Ex-Rep. Roger Byrd: 20 years' probation + $210K restitution
September 30, 2009 --

Former state Rep. Roger Byrd pleaded guilty Aug. 18 to two counts of theft by taking and was ordered to pay $210,000 in restitution. Byrd got 20 years on probation, but no prison time if he repays the money within 30 months. (If not, he would go to prison for 4 1/2 to 5 years.) Prosecutors said Byrd took $100,000 from the Jeff Davis County Development Authority and another $100,000 from a relocated manufacturer that folded after less than a year, leaving the authority mre than $2 million in debt.

Best of ATL: Unfiltered named ‘best muckraker’ by Creative Loafing

September 30, 2009 --

Atlanta Unfiltered has been named “best muckraker in lean media times” by Creative Loafing. I’m humbled. It’s a privilege to do this work. Six months ago, my biggest doubt was whether I could crank out enough material. That seems to be working out. The financial support … not so much.

Donations or volunteers are always welcome. But Unfiltered may also be the place for you to advertise your cause or business. It’s a way to reach some of Atlanta’s most intelligent and discerning readers — and to keep me neck-deep in the muck.


Sept. 30

September 30, 2009 --

Vick to repay $416K to pension plan Clayton County Commission chairman accused of inappropriate touching Millions of gallons of sewage going into Ocmulgee