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Don Buie's brief history in Albany

By Ben Roberts - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) – Don Buie was hired as the Albany Dougherty Inner City Authority Executive Director and downtown manager in November 2007, promising to bring big changes to downtown through private development. Little of that promised revitalization materialized. 

On July 29th of this year, City manager Al Lott fired Buie amid allegations of financial mismanagement. City leaders then learned Buie had a previous conviction for bank fraud in Maryland.

On October 14, 2009, a Dougherty Grand Jury handed down a 20-count indictment against Buie. He was arrested five days later and has been in jail since.

Buie's trial started last week. Monday, prosecutors dropped one of the charges against him. Tuesday night, he pleaded guilty to nine counts and was sentenced to a year in jail and nine years on probation. The time he has been behind bars will count as part of his year-long sentence. 

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