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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.

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…

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 …

A. Stephan Botes

A. Stephan Botes
June 15, 2009 --

It was a long fall for South African businessman Andries Stephan Botes. The 52-year-old went from mover and shaker in computer consulting to federal prisoner 56403-019 – and to forever being linked with an election scandal that landed Georgia’s first woman elected to statewide office in jail. Today, Botes spends his days in Dalby, a […]