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  • Ex-Polk County deputy gets 21 months in prison for beating inmate

    October 15, 2009 --

    A federal judge today sentenced a former Polk County deputy sheriff to nearly two years in prison for beating an inmate in a restraint chair. Ex-Sgt. Joshua David Lowe, 25, will serve 1 year and nine months in prison for the beating, described by a witness as unjustified and “horrible.” Read the news release …

           

    Marietta chiropractors charged with $11 million insurance scam

    October 9, 2009 --

    Two Marietta chiropractors allegedly tried to scam insurers for $11 million by billing for physical therapy when they actually were providing massages and other services. Andrew Sokol, 41, and his wife, Julie Weisberg, 35, were arraigned on fraud charges today in federal court. The couple’s WellnessOne clinics allegedly drummed up business by waiving co-pays and giving patients gift cards, frozen turkeys, gift bags and catered lunches. All this resulted in “the patients being compensated … while paying nothing for the massages and chiropractic adjustments they received.”


    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.

    Another Fulton County jailer pleads guilty

    Another Fulton County jailer pleads guilty
    September 22, 2009 --

    A former Fulton County jailer pleaded guilty today to lying about the death of a mentally ill inmate. Derontay Anton Langford, 33, admitted lying to a federal grand jury investigating the March 2008 death of inmate Richard Glasco (left). Former detention officer Curtis Jerome Brown Jr., accused of the beating that led to Glasco’s death, and another former deputy are scheduled to go on trial next month. Langford faces a penalty of up to 10 years in prison. Look for Langford to be a witness if it goes to trial.

    Iraq water bribes net 17-year sentence for Fort McPherson official

    September 14, 2009 --

    A former Fort McPherson official was sentenced to federal prison today for taking bribes to steer $66 million in contracts to provide water to U.S. troops in Iraq. Richard E. Long, 63, of St. Augustine, Fla., was convicted in February of accepting $549,700 in bribes from Mack S. Smith to help Smith’s company win the Army’s business. Long got 17 1/2 years, while Smith, also convicted in February, got 12 1/2 years. I wasn’t there, but I can pass on the news release …