Stories by Jan Skutch

Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2015

Affair may compromise scores of prosecutions, feds say

SAVANNAH, Ga. -- Federal prosecutors have identified more than 200 cases that could be affected because prosecutor and agent had 5-year extramarital affair.
By Jan Skutch

Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2015

Ga. tax worker admits charity theft

SAVANNAH, Ga. -- A former employee in the Chatham County Tax Commissioner's office has admitted stealing almost $20,000 from an office charity fund
By Jan Skutch

Thursday, Jan. 15, 2015

Ga. lawyer arrested in $500,000 theft

A Vidalia, Ga., attorney has been arrested on charges of forgery and theft by deception in connection with a $500,000 civil settlement he allegedly never gave his clients.
By Jan Skutch

Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2014

5th DUI could send Ga. woman back to prison

SAVANNAH, Ga. -- A Chatham County woman who spent more than 10 years in prison for the deaths of two people in a DUI-related two-vehicle crash in 2000 faces a return to prison after she was ...
By Jan Skutch

Friday, Nov. 7, 2014

US judge chides Ga. hospital lawyers

SAVANNAH, Ga. -- A federal judge has labeled as "time wasters" efforts by attorneys for Memorial Health to remove parts of pleadings in two separate lawsuits filed over alleged fraudulent Medicare ...
By Jan Skutch

Saturday, Aug 9, 2014

Feds sue Savannah hospital

SAVANNAH, Ga. -- The federal government on Friday sued Memorial Health Inc. and others for what it said were false and fraudulent claims for Medicare reimbursement.
By Jan Skutch

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Ex-Savannah banker sentenced for fraud

SAVANNAH -- The former president/CEO of First National Bank on Tuesday was sentenced to three and a half years in federal prison and ordered to repay his portion of more than $9.7 million.
By Jan Skutch

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

54 charged in food stamp fraud

A federal indictment unsealed Tuesday in Savannah charges 54 defendants for their alleged roles in a massive, statewide scheme to defraud the WIC and Food Stamp programs.
By Jan Skutch

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Feds indict former Savannah police chief

SAVANNAH, Ga. -- Former Savannah-Chatham Police Chief Willie Lovett pleaded not guilty Thursday to a seven-count federal indictment charging him with commercial gambling and extortion.
By Jan Skutch

Monday, May 19, 2014

Ex-Ga. cop sentenced in drug case

SAVANNAH, Ga. -- Former Pooler, Ga., police officer John William "Billy" Stanley was sentenced Monday to 17 months in federal prison for knowingly attempting to hide a drug conspiracy while on the ...
By Jan Skutch

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Ga. judge cites lawyer ego for new trial

SAVANNAH, Ga. -- A judge has ordered a new trial for a Savannah man after finding that his lawyer allowed his ego to interfere with providing him an effective defense.
By Jan Skutch

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Wife killed Ga. soldier for insurance, feds say

SAVANNAH, Ga. -- The wife of a slain Fort Stewart soldier schemed with her brother to kill her husband in exchange for a $160,000 insurance policy payout.
By Jan Skutch

Saturday, Jan. 4, 2014

Savannah officials knew of police misconduct, ex-cop says

SAVANNAH, Ga. -- A former Savannah-Chatham police official on Thursday alleged that city, county and police officials knew of corrupt departmental misconduct and allowed it to continue.
By Jan Skutch

Friday, Aug 23, 2013

Woman impaled by tree branch wins $12 million from Savannah

SAVANNAH, Ga. -- A Savannah woman was awarded $12 million against the city of Savannah on Thursday for devastating injuries she suffered when a tree limb fell and impaled her in a truck.
By Jan Skutch

Saturday, July 20, 2013

Savannah court manager arrested in drug probe

SAVANNAH, Ga. -- A Chatham County Superior Court case manager was arrested on Friday and charged with conspiracy to distribute controlled substances.
By Jan Skutch

Thursday, Jan. 31, 2013

Savannah doctor accused of trading drugs for sex with strippers

SAVANNAH, Ga. - A Savannah psychiatrist once honored for his community work will remain in federal custody on accusations he traded prescriptions and cash for sex with local strippers.
By Jan Skutch

Friday, Sept. 14, 2012

Paula Deen case stays in federal court

SAVANNAH, Ga. -- A federal judge has rejected an attempt to return a lawsuit against Savannah celebrity chef Paula Deen and her family run enterprises to state court, calling arguments by the ...
By Jan Skutch

Friday, July 27, 2012

Savannah woman pleads guilty to federal fraud charges

SAVANNAH, Ga. -- A Savannah woman has pleaded guilty to stealing more than $1 million in federal funds in a scheme that netted more than $6 million in food stamps and nutrition-assistance benefits.
By Jan Skutch

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Savannah lawyer sentenced in scheme

SAVANNAH, Ga. -- A Savannah attorney on Wednesday was sentenced to nine months in federal prison in a counterfeiting scheme then released on bond, but not before he drew a stern admonition from ...
By Jan Skutch

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Teen mom indicted in Savannah newborn death

SAVANNAH, Ga. -- A Savannah woman was indicted on Wednesday on murder and related charges in the December slaying of her newborn son.
By Jan Skutch
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