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Ala. vote-buying probe nets ex-aide to Ga. House speaker

Ala. vote-buying probe nets ex-aide to Ga. House speaker
October 4, 2010 --

Jarrell “Jay” Walker Jr., a former aide to ex-House Speaker Glenn Richardson, was among 11 people charged today in an alleged scheme by gambling interests  to buy Alabama lawmakers’ votes. Walker and others allegedly offered such inducements as illicit political contributions, campaign appearances by country music stars and payments to persuade prospective electoral opponents to withdraw — all in a failed effort to legalize electronic bingo machines in Alabama.

Indicted hospital CEO’s golden parachute: $6.3 million

Indicted hospital CEO’s golden parachute: $6.3 million
April 20, 2010 --

Former CEO Ken Beverly, who pleaded not guilty last week to Medicaid fraud, walked away from his Thomasville hospital gig in 2008 with a payout of $6.3 million. Plus expenses. A federal grand jury this month accused Beverly, as chief executive of Archbold Medical Center, of falsifying records to con Medicaid out of more than $9 million for his hospital.

6 to 9 years later, still no trial date for alleged $40K theft from ATL stadium authority

September 4, 2009 --

Two years ago, Davetta Johnson Mitchell was accused of stealing $40,000 of public money six to nine years ago. When she will go to trial – if ever – is anybody’s guess. Last week marked the second anniversary of her indictment for writing allegedly unauthorized checks to herself when she ran the Atlanta-Fulton County Recreation Authority. It took years to seek criminal charges, prosecutors say, because the authority’s records under Mitchell were a shambles. “They were not organized in any way,” assistant district attorney Kellie Hill said. “They were simply boxes of paper.”