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DeKalb solicitor-general to honor crime victims

DeKalb solicitor-general to honor crime victims

DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. -- DeKalb County Solicitor-General Sherry Boston will honor and remember local crime victims during Crime Victims' Rights Week.

Boston will hold a public event on Tuesday, Apr. 21 from 12:30 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. at the Gazebo on the Square in Decatur. Two crime victims -- Charmagne Helton and Nichole Villafane -- will also be in attendance and will share their stories of survival.

For seven weeks, Helton and her two young children lived in a shelter after escaping their abusive husband and father.

"Being a victim of violence is a horrible thing, but it isn't the end of the story," Helton said. "With the right support, victims can become victors."

Villafane's 21-year-old son, Xavier "X" Arnold, was fatally shot during an attempted robbery. X, who attended the Savannah College of Art and Design, was taking photographs of graffiti on Kirkwood warehouses when he was killed. The suspect was only 14 years old.

Ex-DeKalb official pleads guilty to fraud

Ex-DeKalb official pleads guilty to fraud

ATLANTA -- A former janitorial services manager has pleaded guilty in federal court to accepting bribes in exchange for government contracts.

Patrick Jackson, 56, of Loganville was indicted last September. He was investigated by both the FBI and GBI.

Jackson worked simultaneously for two government entities -- DeKalb County and Atlanta's Georgia World Congress Center -- between 2006 and 2012. Before then, he worked for a company referred to in the indictment as Company A.

According to information presented in court, Jackson used his position and influence to secure government contracts for Company A with both DeKalb County and the GWCC. He also lived in a luxury Atlanta apartment paid for and furnished by Company A. Jackson did not tell his employers about each other or about his ties to Company A.

Man imprisoned for $100M surety bond fraud

Man imprisoned for $100M surety bond fraud

ATLANTA -- An Orange Park, Fla., man was sentenced to time in federal prison for operating a multimillion dollar surety bond fraud scheme.

DeKalb County and the city of McDonough received some of Eric Campbell's false bonds for construction projects.

"Mr. Campbell orchestrated a scheme whereby he defrauded numerous individuals, businesses, and state and local government of money based on false representations and promises," Veronica Hyman-Pillot, Special Agent in Charge with IRS Criminal Investigation, said in a release.

From August 2012 to July 2013, Campbell used a number of corporations to sell the bonds. He convinced contractors and government agencies to work with him by saying he had the authority to execute or issue surety bonds on behalf of affiliates of insurance company Chubb. Prosecutors said Campbell embossed the fake bonds with counterfeit seals and forged Chubb officials' signatures on them.

DeKalb DA seeks death penalty in bus stop murder

DeKalb DA seeks death penalty in bus stop murder

DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. -- DeKalb County District Attorney Robert James announced Thursday that he plans to seek the death penalty for the man accused of shooting a woman to death at a bus stop.

Christopher Merritt, 18, was indicted last month for killing Marcaysia Dawkins. The 19-year-old victim was murdered Nov. 23, 2014 at the MARTA bus stop on Fairington Road in Lithonia. Investigators said Merritt approached Dawkins and tried to steal her purse. She fought back, prompting Merritt to shoot her twice.

Singer Angie Stone charged with assault

Singer Angie Stone charged with assault

LITHONIA, Ga. -- Grammy-nominated singer Angie Stone was arrested on an assault charge after she allegedly knocked her 30-year-old daughter's front teeth out with a metal stand.

According to the DeKalb County Police Department report, authorities were called to Angie Stone's home on Rogers Lake Road around 9:30 p.m. Monday.

Diamond Stone told police that her 53-year-old mother had come into her room and demanded that she clean up and "get her children since they were running around the house half naked." Diamond Stone said her mother then got into her face and told her to leave. An argument ensued and things got physical.

Health care worker charged with fraud, ID theft

Health care worker charged with fraud, ID theft

STONE MOUNTAIN, Ga. -- A nurse practitioner has been indicted on accusations of stealing her patients' identities and billing insurance providers for services not provided.

Daphne Maria Patterson, 44, was arraigned before a U.S. Magistrate judge after being investigated by the FBI and the Georgia Department of Insurance.

Patterson owned Healthier U 4 Ever Complete Wellness Center in Stone Mountain. According to the indictment, she once worked for another health care clinic in Lawrenceville, where she stole patients' personal information to file false claims with United Insurance Company for allergy tests and other procedures.

Prosecutors said Patterson also stole personal information from her patients' family members to further bill United for nonexistent services. She reportedly continued the scheme after opening her own clinic, and took more than $1 million from insurance companies.

Teen indicted for killing woman at MARTA bus stop

Teen indicted for killing woman at MARTA bus stop

DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. -- An 18-year-old man was indicted for shooting a woman to death at a MARTA bus stop in DeKalb County.

Christopher Merritt has been charged with malice murder, felony murder, armed robbery and aggravated assault in the death of 19-year-old Marcaysia Dawkins.

The shooting happened Nov. 23, 2014, while Dawkins waited for the bus at the Fairington Road stop in Lithonia. Merritt approached and tried to steal her purse; when she fought back, he shot her twice and then ran off with her belongings.