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Dora Wilson family members object to Atlanta receiver

August 30, 2005

Albany -- A Dougherty County judge left an Atlanta attorney in charge of the business that picks up most of Albany's garbage.

Dora Wilson set up Southwest Carting to launder money from a drug operation. She is now in federal prison. In a civil action, the District Attorney wants to seize her relatives' property, which Prosecutors say was paid for with drug money.

Dora Wilson's daughter and sister objected to the court appointed receiver, who has seized most of their property. They say he is helping the D.A. in his criminal prosecution. Attorney Jim Finklestein said "He is trying to base his case on the fact that they are refusing to answer questions while the D.A. is sitting there, taking notes. And using the testimony to try to prosecute them."

 Five relatives or business associates of Dora Wilson and her family were in court. Donna Wilson, Dora's daughter. Dora's Sister Bernia Jackson. Derrick Bush, who prosecutors say lived with Donna Wilson, and is in jail on drug charges. Courtney Jackson, Dora's brother, who is in jail on murder charges, and James Hadley, owner of a trucking firm that Dora did business with.

There are three houses, trucks, and cars that the court has seized, and will sell if they are found guilty of RICOH charges. Dougherty District Attorney Ken Hodges said "They were converting the money, particularly from this contract for the trash pickup, into their own personal use."

Wilson and Jackson say they are innocent, but that the court appointed receiver will go through all their money. Finklestein said "If it turns out that no crimes were committed and my clients did nothing wrong, they are going to lose everything because you have Atlanta lawyers making up to 300 dollars an hour."

Judge Loring Gray left the receiver he appointed in charge. Dora Wilson is now serving time at the Federal Prison in Coleman, Florida.

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