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Wiley Jordan indicted for fraud and bribery

BAINBRIDGE, GA (WALB) - A South Georgia man, convicted years ago of poisoning chicken eggs on a Dougherty County plantation, is now indicted for fraud and bribery.

Southeastern Farm Broker owner Joseph Wiley Jordan is charged with five counts of fraud in a loan and bribery scheme that also involved a former loan officer at Southwest Georgia Farm Credit in Bainbridge.

Jordan is accused of borrowing a total of $3.4 million from June 2007 to January 2008.

The indictment states that Jordan and former Farm Credit Loan Officer Larry Malone teamed up to fraudulently divert money from Southwest Georgia Farm Credit.

Prosecutors say Malone would approve huge loans for Jordan, then Jordan would pay him off.

The indictment says Jordan would typically receive large loans from Southwest Georgia Farm Credit, some as large as $200,000, then pay Malone $25,000.

Malone pleaded guilty to federal charges of conspiracy to commit bank fraud and receipt of gifts or commissions for procuring a loan in October and is not named in the indictment.

The indictment states that from February to September of 2007, the Farm Credit also paid Jordan $36,500 for referring new borrows.

We asked State Court Judge candidate Andrew Pope about the general indictment process and he says at this point the defendant would be added to the jury trial calendar. "At some point in the process the defendant would have a jury trial in their case unless some sort of plea was entered. Either a plea of guilty to that particular charge."

These charges stemmed from a $50,000 bribe Malone accepted from co-conspirators Chris Cadenhead, Jackie Fair, Jane Mcdonald, and Randy Branham, all from Florida, who were indicted on fraud charges in the same case.

If convicted, Jordan could face a maximum of 30 years in prison.

Jordan pleaded guilty and was fined in 2000 for poisoning chicken eggs to control the quail population at Ecila Plantation in Dougherty County.


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