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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.

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.

 

Suspected bank robber strikes again

Suspected bank robber strikes again

DUNWOODY, Ga. -- Dunwoody Police are looking for a man suspected of robbing a local bank over the weekend.

The incident happened at about 11:40 a.m. Dec. 3 at the Bank of America on Perimeter Center East. A teller gave the suspect cash after he presented a demand note.

Police describe the suspect as a black man, about six feet tall and 200 pounds, wearing a black hat, black polo shirt and tan jacket. Investigators believe he may be the man who robbed the same bank six months ago.

Anyone with information in this case is asked to call Dunwoody Police at 678-382-6921. Tipsters can remain anonymous by visit www.dunwoodypolice.com and clicking on "submit a tip."

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.

DeKalb, Fulton receive grants to fight sexual abuse

DeKalb, Fulton receive grants to fight sexual abuse

ATLANTA -- DeKalb and Fulton counties have been awarded grants for use by law enforcement agencies to combat child sexual abuse and exploitation.

The grants awarded Tuesday are administrated by the U.S. Department of Justice and Office of Community Oriented Policing Services.

Federal officials say DeKalb County will receive $496,793 and the Fulton County District Attorney's Office will receive $352,803. They say Atlanta continues to have a reputation as a center of child prostitution.

Twenty grants totaling $9.2 million are being awarded to agencies across the country.

4 arrested in jeans theft at Perimeter Mall

4 arrested in jeans theft at Perimeter Mall

DUNWOODY, Ga. -- Dunwoody police say four men have been arrested for stealing thousands of dollars worth of jeans from a store at Perimeter Mall.

Police say the four are accused of taking about 45 pairs of True Religion jeans valued at more than $5,400 from Bloomingdale's Tuesday night.

Security guards had been watching the men and alerted officers when the four started to leave, police say.

Officers stopped the four in a rental car in the mall's parking lot and are now working to determine if other items found in the car were stolen as well.

DUNWOODY: Hearing set for daycare killing case

DUNWOODY: Hearing set for daycare killing case

DECATUR, Ga. -- A hearing is set in the case of a man charged with murder in a killing outside a Dunwoody preschool.

The hearing for Hemy Neuman is expected to begin in DeKalb County Superior Court on Monday at 9 a.m.

Neuman is charged with the November 2010 shooting death of Russell Sneiderman, who was killed minutes after he dropped off his 2-year-old son at the preschool. He has pleaded not guilty, and a judge has set his trial date for Oct. 17.

A judge rejected a series of attempts from defense attorneys to dismiss charges at another hearing last week.

Prosecutors say they could disclose more evidence at this hearing.