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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.

Sale of dog over internet ends in fatal shooting

Sale of dog over internet ends in fatal shooting

DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. -- Two men attempting to sell a dog over the internet were involved in a fatal shooting in DeKalb County overnight.

The shooting happened early Friday, when a breeder from Winder and his friend drove to 5044 Fairforest Drive with an English bulldog to sell to the man who answered their online ad.

Originally, police reported the ad was a Craigslist deal, then later said the sellers actually used the website Hoobly.com, another classifieds service.

According to DeKalb County Police Capt. Steve Fore, the 40-year-old buyer produced a gun, intending to rob the sellers. The breeder's friend pulled out a gun of his own and shot the buyer, killing him. The sellers called 911 after the shooting.

Personal Safety Tips

Personal Safety Tips

By Greg Norred, CEO, Norred & Associates

Over the course of your life, the chances of being the victim of a crime are at least one in three, higher if you live in a large city, and higher still if you’re a woman. The criminal’s objective is to maximize gain and minimize risk, and he’ll usually pick the easiest target with the most to offer. Given these odds, it pays to take precautions by following some basic safety rules:

Burned body found in Gwinnett County park

Burned body found in Gwinnett County park

GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. -- Gwinnett County Police are investigating the death of a woman whose body was found in a park Wednesday morning.

A couple walking a dog discovered the remains on a pathway next to the pavilion at DeShong Park in unincorporated Stone Mountain.

Thursday morning, Gwinnett County Police identified the body as that of 26-year-old Lauren Taylor of Dalton.

Taylor's remains will undergo an autopsy to determine her cause of death. Few other details were immediately available, but investigators are following multiple leads in this case.

Cops: Atlantans arrested using info stolen in major corporate security breach

Cops: Atlantans arrested using info stolen in major corporate security breach

(ATLANTA BUSINESS CHRONICLE) -- Twelve metro Atlanta residents were arrested in Boise, Idaho, after attempting to buy high-dollar gift cards with “credit card numbers stolen in one of the major corporate security breaches,” according to police.

Detectives believe the suspects traveled to Boise from Georgia to commit the crime, then planned to sell the gift cards and pocket the cash.

Arrested are:

Jonathan Kennard Penn, 20, Suwanee

Charles Ontavious Moore, 25, Stone Mountain

Mother gets life for suffocating 3-year-old daughter

Mother gets life for suffocating 3-year-old daughter

STONE MOUNTAIN, Ga. -- A DeKalb County woman was sentenced Thursday to life in prison for murdering her young daughter.

Meriel Bemis pleaded guilty to suffocating 3-year-old Lela Bemis on Feb. 23 inside their Stone Mountain apartment.

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"As a mother, I could not begin to understand how and why (Meriel Bemis) would take the life of her innocent child in such a vicious way," DeKalb County Assistant District Attorney Elizabeth Dalia Racine said. "This sentence will never bring Lela back. However, there is justice in the fact that Meriel has assumed some level of responsibility and will serve a life sentence for her malicious acts."