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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…

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 …

       

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.