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Embezzlement defendant wants out of jail

Anne Williamson, (Right) and her son Dan Daniell, at arraignment. Anne Williamson, (Right) and her son Dan Daniell, at arraignment.
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January 31, 2005

Albany-- Defense attorneys are asking for the release of a 73-year-old Albany woman, held in the Dougherty County Jail nearly seven months. Lawyers say Anne Williamson is in poor health and doesn't need to be in jail.

Williamson and her son are awaiting trial on charges they stole more than one million dollars for an elderly woman Williamson took care of.

Anne Williamson, her son Dan Daniell, and five other family members were arrested June 23rd in raids at five homes across South Georgia. Prosecutors say Williamson was the mastermind of a scheme to embezzling more than $1 million from 84-year-old Ima Rude, when Williamson was Rude's legal guardian.

The 73-year-old Williamson is still being held without bond. Her lawyers are asking Judge Stephen Goss to release her because of health concerns.

But the District Attorney says no. Dougherty D. A. Ken Hodges said "They have ties to foreign banks in foreign places, and we believe they are flight risks."

Williamson's attorney Ripley Bell could not appear on camera, but says because of Williamson's health and to help prepare her defense, she should be released. Her trial has been delayed while a forensic accountant investigates.

Hodges said "It's purely a defense delay. The state is always ready. It's ready today."

Except for her son Dan, the rest of Williamson's family have settled charges against them, and are paying restitution fines. Daughter Helen Cook and her husband Danny plead guilty to felony Theft by Receiving, and will pay $80,000.

Daniell's wife Cyndi and Williamson's grandson Cameron Cook are in Pre-trial intervention. If they complete one year of probation, their records will be cleared. Cameron Cook will pay $15,000 restitution.

Court officers sold all of Williamson and Daniell's assets, collecting nearly $84,000. Williamson's attorney Bell says he does not know when they will be ready to go to court for trial.

Both Williamson and Daniell are being held in the general population at the Dougherty County Jail.

A lawyer who represented Williamson in Rude's guardianship, Stuart Brown, is being sued in a civil complaint for $30,000.


posted at 2:35PM by dave.miller@walb.com