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RICO case brought against Decatur Co. plant official

Decatur Co. Sheriff Wiley Griffin Decatur Co. Sheriff Wiley Griffin
The D. A. says that Eric Hyatt stole about $132,000. The D. A. says that Eric Hyatt stole about $132,000.

District Attorney Joe Mulholland says he is working on the largest RICO case in the history of Decatur County.

The D. A. says that Eric Hyatt, a high-ranking official at the BASF chemical plant in Attapulgus stole about $132,000 from the company. He also owed $250,000 in fines and surcharges to Decatur County.

Mulholland says that Hyatt has already reimbursed BASF for the money he skimmed over the last three years as well as the $250,000.  

Mulholland says that Hyatt created fake invoices for parts needed at the plant.

Hyatt inflated the parts cost, and pocketed the difference.  He also bought parts for his personal vehicles, including an airplane and a Harley-Davidson motorcycle.

The theft was discovered by a company audit.

Stephen Abel will have  more details on this story this evening on WALB.


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