Across Georgia

Pleas upheld in Monopoly fraud


ATLANTA --- An appeals court has upheld guilty pleas of 14 people in a multimillion-dollar scheme to cash in on stolen winning game pieces in McDonald's promotional games.

The 14 were among dozens indicted in 2001 in the fraud involving games such as Monopoly. They pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit mail fraud. Although one was sentenced to a year in prison, the others got probation and were ordered to pay restitution.

Convictions of four men who went to trial in Jacksonville, Fla., were overturned in 2004 by the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

Funeral set for former NAACP leader

MADISON --- Services are planned Saturday for Walter C. Butler Jr., a former president of the Georgia NAACP and the first black elected to the Morgan County Board of Commissioners.

The 64-year-old Mr. Butler died Friday after a battle with cancer. The funeral is scheduled for 11 a.m. Saturday at Springfield Baptist Church.

-- Edited from wire reports