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Ex-Dawson County court clerk admits stealing $120K

Ex-Dawson County court clerk admits stealing $120K
June 17, 2011 --

Dawson County’s longtime court clerk admitted today to stealing $120,000 of court funds from 2006 through 2009. Becky McCord, 62, faces up to 10 years in federal prison after pleading guilty to federal tax evasion and bankruptcy fraud.

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.

Ex-DeKalb cop charged with passing funny money

Ex-DeKalb cop charged with passing funny money
May 27, 2010 --

The feds Wednesday arraigned a former DeKalb County police detective and her husband for allegedly passing counterfeit $100 and $50 bills at the Macy’s at Perimeter Mall. Lawana Clinton, 39, and husband Jason each face up to 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. Clinton was a detective at the time of the incident.

Feds: Ex-DeKalb deputy chief Donald Frank took bribes

May 19, 2010 --

Donald E. Frank, former deputy police chief for DeKalb County, was arraigned today for allegedly accepting two bribes from a small business owner. Prosecutors said Frank, 46, solicited the bribes from co-defendant Amin Budhwani, 46, in October 2008. The indictment describes each of the alleged bribes as “something of value of $5,000 or more.” Frank, who was demoted to lieutenant last year, was placed on administrative leave without pay.  UPDATE: DeKalb County announced today (May 26) that it has fired Frank.

2 DeKalb court officials sentenced in extortion scheme

November 23, 2009 --

Two former DeKalb County court officials will serve more than two years in federal prison for fixing criminal charges in exchange for cash. Probation officer Natalie Nicole Dunn and Keith L. Hughes, coordinator of DeKalb’s Office of Pretrial Services, were sentenced today for asking a drug defendant for a $25,000 payoff to get the charges dismissed. Read the news release …

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…

Former U.S. attorney joins State Ethics Commission

Former U.S. attorney joins State Ethics Commission
October 2, 2009 --

Sonny Perdue on Thursday named former U.S. attorney Kent Alexander, now general counsel at Emory University, to one of five seats on the State Ethics Commission. Alexander’s appointment gives the commission a full membership as it prepares to name a new executive secretary to replace Rick Thompson, who steps down in a few weeks. The commission expects to interview finalists for the job at its Oct. 15 meeting.

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 …

Disbarred McDonough attorney admits $2 million Ponzi scheme

July 9, 2009 --

News release from the U.S. Attorney in Atlanta: STEVEN H. BALLARD, 53, of McDonough, Georgia pleaded guilty today in federal district court to committing a real estate investment scam that lasted over five and a half years and defrauded over a dozen victims in Georgia, Florida and Tennessee.

Former Conyers Housing Authority Director Pleads Guilty

June 3, 2009 --

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – 6/3/09 CONTACT:  Patrick Crosby,  (404)581-6016, http://www.usdoj.gov/usao/gan/ FAX (404)581-6160 FORMER CONYERS HOUSING AUTHORITY DIRECTOR PLEADS GUILTY Defendant Stole Over $100,000 in HUD Money, Mostly for Her Personal Use Atlanta, GA – KRISTI KIRKUS WILSON, 44, of Conyers, Georgia, pleaded guilty today in federal district court to theft of U.S. Housing and Urban […]