Thursday, May 23 2013 10:01 AM EDT2013-05-23 14:01:10 GMT
Albany Engineer K. Bruce Maples, P. E. announced some road closures Thursday morning. Beginning at 6:00 A.M., Saturday, May 25, 2013, the following streets will be closed for the Spring Fest and SBMore >>
Albany Engineer K. Bruce Maples, announced some road closures beginning at 6:00 A.M., Saturday, May 25, 2013, in downtown Albany.More >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 9:00 AM EDT2013-05-23 13:00:09 GMT
ATLANTA – The Georgia Department of Labor announced today that metro Albany's unemployment rate declined to 8.6 percent in April, down three-tenths of a percentage point from 8.9 percent in March. TheMore >>
The unemployment rate in the Southwest Georgia region declined to 8.2 percent in April, down two-tenths of a percentage point from 8.4 percent in March. The rate was 8.8 percent in April a year ago.More >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 7:30 AM EDT2013-05-23 11:30:38 GMT
Dougherty County Police believe a pair of convenience store smash and grabs may be the work of the same two men. The first smash and grab happened around 2:20 am at the Pit Stop convenience store atMore >>
Dougherty County Police believe two men are behind a smash and grab and a break in at two convenience stores within four miles of each other.More >>
Wednesday, May 22 2013 11:26 PM EDT2013-05-23 03:26:38 GMT
If you're traveling this Memorial Day Weekend, you may notice you're paying about the same at the pump as last year. AAA says the average gas price in Georgia right now is about $3.46 a gallon. That'sMore >>
If you're traveling this Memorial Day Weekend, you may notice you're paying about the same at the pump as last year.More >>
Wednesday, May 22 2013 11:20 PM EDT2013-05-23 03:20:46 GMT
Looks like will have great weather for Memorial Day weekend and DNR Rangers are preparing for big crowds on Lake Blackshear. Rangers expect a large number of boaters all weekend. They say they will strictlyMore >>
Looks like will have great weather for Memorial Day weekend and DNR Rangers are preparing for big crowds on Lake Blackshear.More >>
December 13, 2004
Thomasville - Thomas County Investigators say they've broken up the ring and locked up the leader. They say the ring of more than 50 people revolved around this man, Antonio Green of Pelham.
Lt. Tim Watkins says, "The ring leader, Mr. Antonio Green was recruiting people to go open up accounts using minimum balance at Bank of America. He would then get their instant access debit cards, along with their pin numbers."
According to investigators Green would then take the debit cards to an ATM where he would deposit as much as $5000, even if there was no money in the envelope, then throughout the weekend, he would withdraw up to $1500 a day from the account before the deposit could be verified.
"He's recruited approximately 54 people and the total loss to Bank of America is going to be close to a quarter of a Million dollars," says Watkins. He says Green kept most of the money and promised each of the accomplices a cut for opening the accounts. Now, they'll all be charged with felony counts of theft by deception, and could serve up to 10 years per count.
Thomas County investigators have already arrested 12 people, with another 8 warrants issued, other agencies are also planning arrests. Lt. Watkins says, "There may be some pending arrests coming in from FDLE down in Tallahassee, Florida. There's also some pending arrests in Albany through the U.S. Secret Service office out of Albany."
Watkins says verifying funds before a withdrawal is allowed would cut down on this type of fraud. Watkins says, "Make sure the money is there and the checks are there, the funds are there before they get access to the money." Money those charged with the crime may be ordered to pay back.
Prosecutors are also gathering evidence against Antonio Green in another case they plan to present to a federal grand jury. The GBI and IRS say he was printing fake W-2s and recruiting people to falsify tax returns. Green is being held on a $500,000 bond in the Thomas County jail on the bank fraud charges.