Albany - Officers with the Dougherty County Sheriff's Office raided three East Albany homes, with hopes of finding evidence and people involved in a huge money laundering scheme.
"There was a theft in January, January 1, 2004, of approximately $140,000 in cash from Ms. Mary Polite from her home and that money was used to start businesses here in town, including, but not limited to, the trash contract with the city," says Dougherty County District Attorney Ken Hodges.
A trash contract that had already sparked debate, because the owner of the business, Dora Wilson, was convicted of trafficking marijuana. Hodges says Wilson, along with her boyfriend James Hadley, daughter Donna Wilson, sister Bernia Jackson and son Courtney Dawone Jackson, the latter currently in the Dougherty County Jail indicted on murder and burglary charges, all used money obtained through the burglary of Mary Polite and others to invest in properties and businesses.
Now, authorities are hoping to get some of that back. Hodges says, "The goal is to liquidate all the assets that were obtained through these ill-gotten gains and to hopefully return some of them to the victim, and to pay for the cost of bringing this action."
Dora Wilson's son, Courtney Dawone Jackson, is currently in the Dougherty County Jail indicted on murder and burglary charges.
District Attorney Ken Hodges says today's action will not affect trash pick up.