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Over a dozen South Georgians face federal trials, or prison

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Charlie Peeler is the U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Georgia (Source: WALB) Charlie Peeler is the U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Georgia (Source: WALB)
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ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

Charles E. Peeler, United States  Attorney for the Middle District of Georgia, announced that over a dozen South Georgians have pled guilty, been sentenced, or have been indicted on federal charges for sex crimes, drugs infractions, and tax fraud.

On May 9, 2018, United States District Court Judge Hugh Lawson sentenced Kendrick Manning, age 42, of Valdosta, GA, to 60 months in prison for Conspiracy to Embezzle Public Money and Possess Stolen U.S. Treasury Checks.

Manning pled guilty to the offense on January 18, 2018, admitting that in 2011, he obtained identities of nursing home residents and state prisoners, and filed fraudulent tax returns. Manning got nearly $300,000 in refunds in 2010, and $1,185,259 in 2011.

The same day, Judge Lawson revoked the Supervised Release for Ferrell Walker, 50, of Quitman, and ordered him to serve 60 months in prison. Walker was convicted of Possession of Child Pornography in 2005 and sentenced to serve 10 years In May 2014, he was released but then was found with Child Pornography in Brooks County.

A Federal Grand Jury also returned several indictments from the Macon Court. An indictment is only an allegation of criminal conduct. All of the defendants are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty in a court of law beyond a reasonable doubt.

Robert "Rob" Abacan, 40, of Valdosta, is charged with ten 10 counts of Production of Child Pornography. If convicted, Abacan faces a maximum sentence of 30 years in prison, and a $250,000 fine.

Frances Abacan, aged 40, also of Valdosta, is charged with eight counts of Production of Child Pornography. Mrs. Abacan faces the same sentences. The case was investigated by the Lowndes County Sheriff's Office and Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Samuel Howard, 24, of Doerun, is charged with two counts of Possession with Intent to Distribute Methamphetamine, and faces a maximum sentence of life in prison, a $10 million fine, or both.

Tokesha Bailey, 28, of Moultrie, is charged with one count of Possession with Intent to Distribute Methamphetamine and faces the same penalty. The case was investigated by the Thomas County-Thomasville Narcotics/Vice Task Force and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.

Franshaw Riggins, 30, of Albany is charged with Possession with Intent to Distribute Methamphetamine and faces a maximum penalty of life imprisonment, a $10 million fine, or both, if convicted. The case was investigated by the Bainbridge Department of Public Safety, Georgia State Patrol and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.

Ten people have been indicted by the Grand Jury sitting in Macon for firearms offenses.

Isiah Price,  27, of Dawson, is charged with Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon and faces a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison, a $250,000 fine.

Rontavis Davis, 37, of Albany, is charged with Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon and faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison, a $250,000 fine.  The case was investigated by the Albany Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

Qushondra "Shonda" Foster, 25, of Valdosta, is charged with Conspiracy to Obstruct an Official Proceeding and faces a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison, a $250,000 fine, or both, if convicted. The case was investigated by the Lowndes County Sheriff s Office, Federal Bureau of Investigation and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

Simmie "Nit"  Antonio Foster, 30, of Valdosta, is charged with Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon, Possession with Intent Distribute Marijuana, Possession with Intent to Distribute FLAKKA, Possession of a Firearm with an Obliterated Serial Number, and other charges.

Foster faces a maximum sentence of life in prison, a $1 million fine, or both. The case was investigated by the Lowndes County Sheriffs Office, Federal Bureau of Investigation and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

Natu Patel, aged 68, of Sylvester, Georgia, is charged with four counts of Unlawful Dispensation of a Controlled Substance and faces a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison, a $1 million fine, or both.

Douglas Moss, 57, and Shawn Tywon, 49, both of Valdosta, are charged with Conspiracy to Commit Health Care Fraud, and six counts of Health Care Fraud. They face a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison, a $250,000 fine, or both, on each count.

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