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31 arrested in “Operation Rake Eagle”

31 arrested in “Operation Rake Eagle”

 

DECATUR – DeKalb County CEO Burrell Ellis announces that “Operation Rake Eagle” was an outstanding success.  On Saturday and Sunday, March 24 and 25, the DeKalb County Police Department made a substantial, concerted “sweep” effort in an attempt to find, arrest and incarcerate individuals who did not meet their obligations in DeKalb County Recorders Court.

Thirty-eight officers from Special Operations and Uniform Division conducted the sweep which included 462 outstanding warrants.  The officers made 31 arrests and $40,687 was collected as a result of those arrests.

Air conditioner thief nabbed

Air conditioner thief nabbed

STONE MOUNTAIN, Ga. -- Gwinnett County Police have caught a man suspected of stealing air conditioning units from vacant houses.

Zierre Fame Odom, 25, was arrested Monday morning, shortly after he was spotted taking the air conditioners from a house on Westheimer Road in the Gwinnett County portion of unincorporated Stone Mountain.

Police subsequently found parts, wiring and copper tubing from five air conditioning units in Odom's car, according to Gwinnett County Police spokesman Cpl. Jake Smith. They determined that at least two of the units were taken from vacant houses.

Odom was charged with theft, property damage and loitering, among other charges. He was arrested for similar crimes last summer, Smith said.

The suspect is being held without bond in the Gwinnett County Detention Center.

Man admits mailing threats to metro Atlanta schools

Man admits mailing threats to metro Atlanta schools

ATLANTA -- An Oak Lawn, Ill. man pleaded guilty in federal court last week to mailing threats to four metro Atlanta schools.

U.S. Attorney Sally Quillian Yates said that 29-year-old Valtrez Stewart admitted to mailing the threats in January and February of last year. The notes were created out of collages of letters clipped from newspapers and magazines. They included threats of a bomb going off and killing at least 20 people, and promises of brutal murders if money was not paid to certain people.

Stewart pleaded guilty to sending the letters to Marietta High School, Meadowcreek High School in Norcross, Northview High School in Johns Creek and Stephenson Middle School in Stone Mountain.

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.

Ex-cop arrested, charged with theft

Ex-cop arrested, charged with theft

LITHONIA, Ga. -- A DeKalb County police officer was arrested Wednesday after investigators found several stolen items in his possession.

Officers responded to 30-year-old Ghayth Abdul-Mughnee's home in Lithonia on Monday after receiving a call about a fight between him and his live-in girlfriend. When police arrived, they discovered evidence that Abdul-Mughnee had been involved in several thefts.

Stolen items found in Abdul-Mughnee's home included electronics, ID cards and credit cards. Police said they believe he took the items from people he encountered while on patrol.

Abdul-Mughnee, a four-year veteran of the DeKalb County Police Department, was fired after his arrest. He has been charged with theft, marijuana possession and violating his oath of office, and is being held in the DeKalb County Jail.

The live-in girlfriend, 34-year-old Shawnta White, was also arrested and faces charges related to her fight with Abdul-Mughnee.

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.