MARIETTA, Ga. (AP) — A Cobb County grand jury has indicted four people in what prosecutors call a tax fraud scheme involving a total of 3,736 charges.
Cobb County District Attorney Vic Reynolds, who announced the indictment Thursday, says the charges include identity fraud, money laundering and racketeering.
The defendants are 35-year-old Shannon Jay Bradley; 44-year-old Shelronda Kay Bingham; 42-year-old Shanese Machelle Lewis; and 36-year-old Risha Michelle Hardin. It wasn't known early Friday whether they have attorneys.
Prosecutors say the four defendants burglarized five tax-preparation offices in Cobb County in December 2012. The following year, the indictment states that they stole more than $2 million in Georgia tax refunds using the names and identifying information of 1,859 victims.
ATLANTA (AP) — A former Department of Veterans Affairs employee has been sentenced to more than a year in prison after pleading guilty to theft of government funds.
Prosecutors say Zerry Feaster stole more than $80,000 from the department while working as a secretary. They say Feaster bought pre-paid gift cards with her government-issued credit card and used them to buy luxury accessories and jewelry and to gamble.
U.S. Attorney Sally Quillian Yates says the woman chose to steal rather than supporting men and women who have served the country honorably.
Feaster, a 46-year-old from Ellenwood, was sentenced to one year, one month in prison and must pay back more than $88,0000. She worked at the Police Services Division at the Atlanta VA Medical Center in Decatur.
ATLANTA (AP) — An Atlanta Police officer charged in the slaying of a 26-year-old woman he met online is facing his first court appearance.
Authorities say 23-year-old Tahreem Zeus Rana is scheduled to appear in court at 11 a.m. Friday after being arrested Thursday at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials say he was scheduled to board a plane to Monterrey, Mexico when he was apprehended.
Vernicia Woodard was shot Friday in Hapeville after meeting Rana in person for the first time, Hapeville police told WGCL-TV. Authorities say Rana is charged with murder, arson and kidnapping in connection with her death.
Detective Stephen Cushing told the Atlanta TV station that Woodard's body was then burned "to cover up any type of evidence that may be there."