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Convicted pimp sentenced to 60 years

Convicted pimp sentenced to 60 years

DECATUR, Ga. -- A DeKalb County Superior Court judge has sentenced a convicted pimp to 60 years in prison.

The jury returned its verdict Friday, finding Erik Djon Ferguson guilty on 16 counts, including pimping and conspiracy to commit sexual exploitation of children.

"Today, the jury and the judge sent a loud and resounding message that human trafficking has become a big issue and will not be tolerated here in DeKalb County," District Attorney Robert James said. "We see many children exploited at an early age and enticed into a reckless and dangerous lifestyle of prostitution. Our goal is to protect young people from being exploited by these predators and to prosecute those individuals to the fullest extent of the law."

Ferguson was allowed to make a statement in court.

Doctor indicted for Medicaid fraud

Doctor indicted for Medicaid fraud

DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. -- A DeKalb County Grand Jury has indicted a doctor and his former office manager on two counts of Medicaid fraud.

Officials said that Dr. Tyrone Malloy and CathyAnn Edwards Warner accepted Medicaid payments for ultrasounds and elective abortions, even when the services were never performed. Federal funds may only be used to pay for abortions in extreme cases, such as rape, incest and a pregnancy that would endanger the mother's life.

Malloy owns and operates Old National Gynecology in College Park, which provides "non-surgical abortions," according to its website.

A statement released Thursday by Thelma Wyatt Moore, Malloy's attorney, says that a judge ruled in August of 2010 that "Malloy has never billed Medicaid improperly or illegally" and that "Dr. Malloy expects to be fully vindicated" of the charges.

Medicaid fraud is punishable by up to 10 years in prison and a $10,000 fine.

Neighborhood Watch in Lilburn foils multiple crimes

Neighborhood Watch in Lilburn foils multiple crimes

Lilburn - According to Teresa Czyz of SafetySmart Lilburn, 3 recent crimes in Lilburn were foiled by resolute neighbors and a successful business and neighborhood watch.  Below is the letter that was sent to 11Alive detailing the 3 separate instances. 

We love this story, because it shows that when neighbors and residents are vigilant, we can help solve crimes and fight back against crime. Visit SafetySmart at http://www.safetysmartlilburn.org/ 



What does a volleyball net, a retired police dog named Zeus and two neighbors have in common?   In the Brandlwood neighborhood it all added up to the capture and arrest of two burglars by the Lilburn Police Department (LPD). 

Ga. ex-employee pleads not guilty in ticket case

Ga. ex-employee pleads not guilty in ticket case

DECATUR, Ga. -- A former Chamblee Police Department employee charged with fixing traffic tickets has pleaded not guilty in DeKalb County Superior Court.

Bobbi Jean Farrell was indicted in October on four counts of theft by taking. She's charged with arranging to have more than $3,000 in refunds from traffic arrest bonds sent to herself.

Traffic offenders arrested in Chamblee who put up bond and later are acquitted or have their cases dropped are subject to a refund.

According to earlier reports, prosecutors think that between April and June of this year, the Farrell funneled some of that money to herself by changing the citations of guilty offenders to show that prosecutors had dropped the charges.

Farrell was arrested on July 13 and subsequently fired.


Halloween armed robbers arrested in DeKalb

Halloween armed robbers arrested in DeKalb

CUMMING, Ga. -- Two Cumming residents accused of robbing a home on Halloween morning are now behind bars.

Sean Kinney, 27, and 22-year-old Jodie Marie Davis were taken into custody in Tucker Monday evening. Police said the pair are boyfriend and girlfriend, and that they broke into a house on Barbara Lane, near Nuckolls Road, at around 1 a.m. Monday.

The suspects assaulted the homeowner, who was sleeping on a couch, before tying him up and stealing "a considerable amount of cash" from him, according to Lt. Col. Gene Moss with the Forsyth County Sheriff's Office.

Moss said the victim, David Geary, managed to free himself and run to a neighbor's house for help.

Investigators recovered the stolen money, as well as prescription drugs and marijuana, from Davis and Kinney. Both suspects are being held in the Forsyth County Detention Center with no bond.

Dept. of Education employee arrested for child pornography

Dept. of Education employee arrested for child pornography

DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. -- A career employee with U.S. Department of Education was arrested for using his work computer to view child pornography.

Clarkston resident Joseph Butler, 66, was arrested Thursday. Investigators said he found a way to work around the filtering software on his computer and download child porn from foreign websites.

Federal agents seized Butler's computer in June after learning of his suspicious activity from network administrators. A subsequent search of the suspect's DeKalb County home in July uncovered more child pornography.

Butler has been suspended without pay during the investigation, according to Patrick Crosby with the U.S. Department of Justice

DeKalb man convicted of killing 2-year-old

DeKalb man convicted of killing 2-year-old

DeKALB COUNTY, Ga. -- A DeKalb County jury has found a 30-year-old man guilty of beating a toddler to death.

Robert Alexander was convicted of felony murder, cruelty to children and aggravated battery on Monday.

The two-year-old victim, Diamone Wilson, suffered a lethal head injury while in Alexander's care in July of 2010. She died after three days in the hospital. The medical examiner determined that she also sustained trauma to her arms, liver and pelvis.

"This was a brutal and senseless act by a very violent and dangerous individual," said DeKalb County District Attorney Robert James. "It is extremely disheartening to know that this young girl lost her life at the hands of a reckless and irresponsible adult."

Alexander is scheduled to be sentenced on Tuesday afternoon.