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.
Former state Rep. Roger Byrd pleaded guilty Aug. 18 to two counts of theft by taking and was ordered to pay $210,000 in restitution. Byrd got 20 years on probation, but no prison time if he repays the money within 30 months. (If not, he would go to prison for 4 1/2 to 5 years.) Prosecutors said Byrd took $100,000 from the Jeff Davis County Development Authority and another $100,000 from a relocated manufacturer that folded after less than a year, leaving the authority mre than $2 million in debt.
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