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Ex-DeKalb deputy chief admits bribes, awaits sentencing

Ex-DeKalb deputy chief admits bribes, awaits sentencing
April 1, 2011 --

A former deputy DeKalb County police chief has admitted taking a businessman’s bribes. Ex-Lt. Donald E. Frank faces up to five years in federal prison. Sentencing has not been scheduled, which often means that prosecutors want to see whether a defendant can supply useful information — and, if necessary, testify — about criminal activity by others.

Law, ethics agencies kiss & make up over case backlog

Law, ethics agencies kiss & make up over case backlog
June 21, 2010 --

In 2003, Fulton County Sheriff Jackie Barrett accepted three $10,000 campaign contributions – far exceeding the legal limit — from donors in Florida. Each had received loans from a $2 million investment of public funds by Barrett. A broker who steered the investment, and the chief deputy who took $10,000 from him, both went to federal prison. But Barrett still awaits the outcome of a 6-year-old ethics investigation. In 2008, dozens of disputed ethics cases like Barrett’s were backed up. Today, officials say, the backlog is almost cleared up.

Supremes slap State Bar over discipline in $493K ripoff

Supremes slap State Bar over discipline in $493K ripoff
March 15, 2010 --

The Georgia Supreme Court today told the State Bar it was too easy on a lawyer who took $493,000 from his employer. The court rejected a six- to 12-month suspension for Michael J.C. Shaw. The Bar’s recommendation miffed Justice David Nahmias, who wrote that he believes most lawyers and “almost every citizen in this State would be equally disturbed by that concept of attorney discipline.”

Pennington takes blame for 2006 Johnston shooting — or does he?

Pennington takes blame for 2006 Johnston shooting -- or does he?
November 30, 2009 --


One week ago, Atlanta Police Chief Richard Pennington apologized and shouldered the blame for the 2006 shooting death of Kathryn Johnston: “I take full responsibility for what happened.” But not so much in court. Detectives claim arrest quotas pressured them to cut corners in drug investigations. Pennington testified the department had performance standards, but no quotas. And he can’t be blamed, city attorneys contend, “for the illegal actions of a few rogue officers.”

2nd Polk County deputy pleads guilty, faces federal prison

November 6, 2009 --

A second former Polk County deputy faces prison for crimes involving the sheriff’s department. Kenneth Lane Gravett, 42, of Cedartown pleaded guilty today to mail fraud for filing a false theft report so he could collect an insurance claim on his Harley Davidson. Last month, Joshua David Lowe, 25, was sentenced to 21 months in prison for beating a jail inmate who had been strapped into a restraint chair. Read the news release on Gravett’s plea…

Ponzi schemes: McDonough lawyer to prison, Hoschton broker pleads guilty

November 5, 2009 --

Federal prosecutors announced action in two unrelated Ponzi schemes this afternoon: Former McDonough attorney Steven H. Ballard, 53, was sent to prison for five-plus years for a scam that netted more than $1 million, and former Hoschton mortgage broker Edward William Farley, 47, pleaded guilty to fraud charges involving more than 150 victims and $20 million in losses. Farley will be sentenced in February. Read the news releases…

Sept. 23

September 23, 2009 --

Former Dodge County sheriff indicted GAO report says labs not safe enough Staff-to-inmate sex abuse allegations up in federal prison Augusta pastors rally around Commissioner Beard

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 …

Given 2nd chance, ex-Fulton sheriff’s lieutenant faces 15 years in prison

August 25, 2009 --

Two years ago, a Fulton County sheriff’s lieutenant almost lost his job for pocketing a civilian’s knife, then lying about it. Department rules say dismissal is the minimum penalty for lying, but Sheriff Myron Freeman let Lt. Earl Glenn stay with a 30-day unpaid suspension. Today, Glenn admitted that he repeatedly struck a jail inmate last year and lied when the FBI asked about it. He faces up to 15 years in federal prison and a $500,000 fine.

Telfair sheriff Jimmie Williamson to serve 3 years for misusing county funds

Telfair sheriff Jimmie Williamson to serve 3 years for misusing county funds
June 26, 2009 --

Former Telfair County Sheriff Jimmie Williamson will serve three years in federal prison for misusing county funds, federal prosecutors announced. According to testimony, Williamson paid for an all-terrain vehicle with county funds, pocketed fines intended for the Probate Court and kept $5,000 seized in a traffic stop for himself, according to the Macon Telegraph.

Linda Schrenko

Linda Schrenko
June 8, 2009 --

It’s a small world after all – at least for prisoner 56443-019. Former State School Superintendent Linda C. Schrenko has spent the last few years less than an hour from Disney World, at a federal pokey in central Florida. Georgia’s first woman elected to statewide office, once a darling of the GOP and a hopeful […]

Ron Sailor

Ron Sailor
June 5, 2009 --

Where to begin? Sailor is serving a 63-month sentence in federal prison in West Virginia. He was charged in December 2007 after offering to launder $375,000 in “drug money” that actually came from an undercover federal agent. While he was awaiting sentencing, Sailor defrauded the Greater New Light Missionary Baptist Church in Atlanta, where he […]