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Embezzlement suspects held without bond

July 20, 2004

Albany -- An Albany woman and her son, charged with stealing more than one million dollars from an elderly woman, remain in jail.

A judge denied them bond Tuesday morning because of money they have deposited in an offshore account in Cypress.

Anne Williamson sat quietly during her bond hearing. The 73 year old is charged with stealing one million, thirty-three thousand dollars from 77 year old Ima Rude, while Williamson was Rude's legal guardian.

Judge Stephen Goss denied her bond, saying she was a flight risk. Dougherty District Attorney Ken Hodges said "Mrs. Williamson has already left the jurisdiction once when the Probate Court was trying to inquire into the guardianship. I think it was appropriate the Judge deny bond in this case."

Wiliamson's son, Dan Daniell, was also denied bond. Prosecutors say more than $ 400,000 from Rude's estate are still not accounted for. Prosecutors say there is evidence Daniell has an account in Cypress or Greek banks. "We have located at least one off shore bank that they have been utilizing. And we hope that if there are others, that we can identify them as well."

Until the $400,000 is located Williamson and Daniell are considered flight risks. The mother and son have been in jail since their arrest June 23rd.

Dan Daniell's wife, Cyndi, is free on bond, as is former SOWEGA Council on Aging worker Jerri Berry.

Four other Williamson relatives are also charged. They are out of jail on bond.

posted at 3:20 PM by jimw@walb.com