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Former ethics top cop admits to corruption

March 23, 2015 --

By JIM WALLS March 23, 2015 — The state ethics commission’s former top investigator pleaded guilty today to federal corruption charges. Robert Bentivegna, as a Dunwoody police detective in 2011, misused his access to the Georgia Crime Investigation Center’s database in exchange for valuable gifts for himself and his family, federal prosecutors said. He pleaded […]

Rep. Brooks indicted for alleged $1M embezzlement

Rep. Brooks indicted for alleged $1M embezzlement
May 16, 2013 --

Tyrone Brooks, a Georgia state legislator for 33 years, has been indicted for allegedly misappropriating nearly $1 million from two organizations that he falsely represented as charities, authorities said today. A federal grand jury charged that he used the money to pay for personal expenses, including home repairs, furniture, lawn service, life insurance, entertainment, utilities, food and clothing, dry cleaning, electronic equipment and jewelry.

Whistleblower: Ex-ethics deputy denied interview for new job

Whistleblower: Ex-ethics deputy denied interview for new job
June 14, 2012 --

By JIM WALLS Sherry Streicker was told her job at the state ethics commission went away last year because of budget issues, not her performance. But when a new position opened there with nearly identical duties, she says in a new whistleblower suit, she couldn’t even get in the door for an interview. Streicker and […]

Taxes, loans were reported subjects of feds’ Deal investigation

Taxes, loans were reported subjects of feds' Deal investigation
December 8, 2011 --

Federal prosecutors were reportedly investigating tax and loan issues regarding Gov. Nathan Deal as recently as June, newly disclosed documents show. References to the federal inquiry, and details on a state investigation of Deal’s campaign finances, are revealed in a case file recently closed by Georgia Inspector General Deron Hicks.

Fed prosecutors: Toss S. Ga. judge’s guilty plea

Fed prosecutors: Toss S. Ga. judge's guilty plea
September 29, 2011 --

Thanks to the U.S. Supreme Court, a south Georgia judge soon will no longer be a convicted felon. In court filings, federal prosecutors say a 2010 ruling by the high court leaves no choice but to vacate a 2009 guilty plea by former Alapaha Circuit Superior Court Judge Brooks E. Blitch III.

Feds indict failed bank’s lawyer for alleged $5M scam

June 24, 2011 --

A lawyer and two top executives allegedly made more than $5 million by defrauding the Stockbridge bank that employed them, prosecutors said today. Robert E. Maloney Jr., once in-house counsel for FirstCity Bank, is accused of conspiring with the bank’s president and senior loan officer to secure loans to borrowers who were buying property that one of them owned.

Autism researcher indicted for alleged $1M CDC fraud

Autism researcher indicted for alleged $1M CDC fraud
April 13, 2011 --

A Danish autism researcher allegedly bought a home, a Harley, a Honda and other items by fraudulently billing a CDC grant program for more than $1 million, federal prosecutors said today. Prosecutors said this afternoon that a federal grand jury had indicted Poul Thorsen, 49, on 13 counts of wire fraud and nine counts of money laundering in connection with the scheme.

2nd DeKalb cop indicted; lawyers squabble over witness, V. Jones

March 7, 2011 --

Former DeKalb police Lt. Willie Daren Durrett was arraigned Monday for allegedly taking bribes from a small business owner, forcing a delay in the trial of co-defendant Donald Frank. Court filings, meanwhile, show Frank’s attorneys are hoping a jury never hears the name of Frank’s former boss, ex-DeKalb CEO Vernon Jones.

ATL physician accused of $975K health care scam

March 5, 2011 --

An Atlanta physician scammed Medicaid and Medicare for $975,000 for group therapy for nursing home patients, many of whom were either dead or hospitalized, federal prosecutors say. Dr. Robert Williams, 72, was arraigned Friday in federal court on fraud charges that could cost him 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

U.S. magistrate tosses case, rules 4 Red Dogs were ‘less than candid’

October 29, 2009 --

Federal prosecutors have dropped firearms charges against a convicted felon after a magistrate found four Atlanta police officers were “less than candid” about the circumstances of his arrest. The officers said they stopped Kelvin Bryant’s car in October 2008 after smelling marijuana smoke coming from his car, and that they radioed a dispatcher for a tag check before they pulled him over. U.S. Magistrate Linda Walker, in an Oct. 15 ruling, said she did not believe them. Find out why…

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 […]

APD still investigating police ‘protection’ ring, drug squad

May 28, 2009 --

The 2006 shooting death of 92-year-old Kathryn Johnston exposed corruption on the Atlanta police force and sent three officers to federal prison. But, 30 months after the Atlanta woman’s death, the Atlanta police internal affairs unit and a citizen review panel are still looking for answers. Johnston was gunned down in the living room of […]