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Albritten acquitted on seven counts

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September 21, 2003

ALBANY - Late Friday night, a Dougherty County jury returned a not guilty verdict for Dawson Mayor Robert Albritten on seven of the 28 counts of forgery and insurance fraud in which he was charged.

Visiting Judge George H. Bryant asked jurors whether they'd prefer staying late to deliberate or resume on Monday, according to Assistant District Attorney Troy Golden.  The jury took only two hours to deliberate before reaching their decision around 11:30 p.m.

The jury found Albritten not guilty of six counts of forgery and one count of insurance fraud.  Jurors couldn't agree on 21 other counts, Golden said.

Albritten was accused of falsifying insurance forms on elderly people in personal care homes without their knowledge.  He was indicted in August 2002 by a Dougherty County Grand Jury on fraud and forgery charges, which were related to ten life insurance policies he sold to elderly residents of personal care homes.

The policies ranged in value from $2,000 to $10,000.

Golden says the District Attorney's office is "carefully considering the idea" of a retrial.

posted at 6:00 p.m. by mathew.palmer@walb.com