Clayton County Sheriff Victor Hill, who was accused of more than 20 charges of theft and giving false statements in a racketeering trial, was acquitted of all charges Thursday. Jurors found Hill not guilty on five charges. Testimony in the trial lasted four days, and Hill did not take the stand.
The US Justice Department is making its largest-ever restitution payment in the agency's Southern District. US Attorney Edward Tarver announced the $27 million repayment in Savannah. Tarver said the money comes from a father-and-son crime ring that defrauded federal, state and private health insurers.
A city official who was arrested in a case involving the shooting death of a 13-month-old boy has surrendered on charges stemming from a racketeering indictment in a neighboring county. Brunswick City Commissioner and Mayor Pro Tem James Henry Brooks Sr. surrendered at the Camden County jail Monday.
A federal class action suit is pending against the heirs of three Southeast Georgia gas stations on Interstate 95 near the Florida border. The suit alleges the late convenience store owner rigged the pumps and defrauded customers of millions of dollars in gas over a two year period. Tens of thousands of motorists could have been affected.