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Convicted pimp sentenced to 60 years

Convicted pimp sentenced to 60 years

DECATUR, Ga. -- A DeKalb County Superior Court judge has sentenced a convicted pimp to 60 years in prison.

The jury returned its verdict Friday, finding Erik Djon Ferguson guilty on 16 counts, including pimping and conspiracy to commit sexual exploitation of children.

"Today, the jury and the judge sent a loud and resounding message that human trafficking has become a big issue and will not be tolerated here in DeKalb County," District Attorney Robert James said. "We see many children exploited at an early age and enticed into a reckless and dangerous lifestyle of prostitution. Our goal is to protect young people from being exploited by these predators and to prosecute those individuals to the fullest extent of the law."

Ferguson was allowed to make a statement in court.

Murder suspect arrested in SW Atlanta

Murder suspect arrested in SW Atlanta

ATLANTA -- DeKalb County Sheriff's investigators have arrested a suspect in a Jan. 11 murder near Gresham Park.

Alandis Jackson, 21, was taken into custody Monday night at a home in southwest Atlanta.

Police said Jackson was wanted in connection with the murder of Steven Lewis, who was shot in the neck at the Paradise East Apartments on Bouldercrest Road. Investigators did not have a motive for the killing.

Jackson is being held in the DeKalb County Jail.

Cops take down serial robber

Cops take down serial robber

ATLANTA -- Atlanta Police have recovered 20 stolen electronic items with a single arrest.

At around 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, police say a man robbed customers at Drip, a coffee shop in the Ormewood Park neighborhood near East Atlanta.

A few hours later, officers investigating the case received information that led them to arrest 25-year-old Brandon Charles Lawrence and charge him with burglary.

Twenty stolen electronics were found in Lawrence's possession:

* 9 MacBooks
* 5 laptops
* 2 iPhones
* 1 iPod Touch
* 1 iPad
* 1 digital camera
* 1 E-notebook

Police are working to return the stolen property to its owners, according to Atlanta Police spokesman Carlos Campos.

Although Lawrence is currently not a suspect in the coffee shop robbery, police say he likely took many of the items during recent burglaries.

Doctor indicted for Medicaid fraud

Doctor indicted for Medicaid fraud

DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. -- A DeKalb County Grand Jury has indicted a doctor and his former office manager on two counts of Medicaid fraud.

Officials said that Dr. Tyrone Malloy and CathyAnn Edwards Warner accepted Medicaid payments for ultrasounds and elective abortions, even when the services were never performed. Federal funds may only be used to pay for abortions in extreme cases, such as rape, incest and a pregnancy that would endanger the mother's life.

Malloy owns and operates Old National Gynecology in College Park, which provides "non-surgical abortions," according to its website.

A statement released Thursday by Thelma Wyatt Moore, Malloy's attorney, says that a judge ruled in August of 2010 that "Malloy has never billed Medicaid improperly or illegally" and that "Dr. Malloy expects to be fully vindicated" of the charges.

Medicaid fraud is punishable by up to 10 years in prison and a $10,000 fine.

Ga. ex-employee pleads not guilty in ticket case

Ga. ex-employee pleads not guilty in ticket case

DECATUR, Ga. -- A former Chamblee Police Department employee charged with fixing traffic tickets has pleaded not guilty in DeKalb County Superior Court.

Bobbi Jean Farrell was indicted in October on four counts of theft by taking. She's charged with arranging to have more than $3,000 in refunds from traffic arrest bonds sent to herself.

Traffic offenders arrested in Chamblee who put up bond and later are acquitted or have their cases dropped are subject to a refund.

According to earlier reports, prosecutors think that between April and June of this year, the Farrell funneled some of that money to herself by changing the citations of guilty offenders to show that prosecutors had dropped the charges.

Farrell was arrested on July 13 and subsequently fired.

 

DECATUR: 11-year-old arrested for stealing championship ring

DECATUR - (AP) - Police have arrested an 11-year-old boy and say more juveniles could be arrested in connection with a DeKalb County burglary where four college football championship rings belonging to a former Florida State University player were stolen.

The rings belong to Jeff Womble, who played at FSU from 1999 to 2003. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that Womble's mother, Avis Williams, returned home Saturday afternoon after visiting relatives for Thanksgiving to find her home ransacked. Her son's name and No.

Feds crack down on prescription drug trafficking

Feds crack down on prescription drug trafficking

ATLANTA -- A federal grand jury in Atlanta has charged a total of 13 defendants from two states with illegally trafficking in oxycodone and other prescription drugs.

The two cases arise out of intensified efforts to address Georgia's growing problem with prescription drug abuse.

"Prescription drug abuse is our nation's fastest-growing segment of illegal drug use, causing significantly more overdose deaths than cocaine, methamphetamine and heroin combined," said United States Attorney Sally Quillian Yates.

In the first incident, 11 Georgia residents were charged with conspiring to forge oxycodone prescriptions and sell the illegally obtained tablets.