Albany- Dawson Mayor Robert Albritten won't be retried on insurance fraud charges. Today he agreed to a plea deal. Under the deal, 12 felony counts were dismissed and 9 were reduced to misdemeanor charges. Albritten pleaded "no contest" and will serve no jail time.
In September 2003, a Dougherty County jury acquitted Albritten on 7-counts of insurance fraud but deadlocked on 21 others. He was later re-indicted on those charges. Prosecutors say Albritten took out insurance policies on elderly residents of a personal care home without their knowledge.
"We are pleased that he decided to accept responsibility for his conduct and were pleased with the ultimate resolution in this case. I think it was the best use of our resources," says Assistant District Attorney Victoria Darrisau.
Albritten will be on probation that will end in one year if he pays a 9-thousand dollar fine by that time.