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Indictment accuses 2 of trying to defraud city

Wednesday, April 17, 2013 6:11 PM
Last updated Thursday, April 18, 2013 12:00 AM
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Two people accused of trying to cash in on the city’s attempts to deal with a flood-prone neighborhood have been indicted for criminal attempt to commit a crime.

The Richmond County grand jury handed up an indictment Monday against Belinda Ann Winfrey, 50, of the 1800 block of Empress Court, and Leomie Fielding, 66, of the 3700 block of Stockholm Drive.

According to the indictment, Winfrey and Fielding filled out paperwork on Feb. 11 that showed Winfrey was renting a home that Fielding owned in the 2000 block of Walnut Street in Hyde Park. According to the indictment, the potential value was $5,000 to $25,000 in relocation costs. The indictment says the claim was false.

The Augusta Commission voted last year to proceed with a plan to buy about 350 parcels of property in the Hyde Park area, pay relocation costs for residents and build a retention pond. The commission set aside $4.5 million for the project estimated to cost $18 million.

The low-lying area of the city has repeatedly flooded over the years, and warning signs are posted about possible contamination.

In the 1990s, according to reports in The Augusta Chronicle, a nearby junkyard was declared a Superfund site, and a factory cleanup of contamination cost $46 million.

The area is just south of Gordon Highway along Dan Bowles Road.

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my.voice 04/17/13 - 08:15 pm
Goldberg bros should have

Goldberg bros should have never been allowed to walk away from that plot of ground they poisoned and made a mint on.

And no matter w you try to help, there those who will just help themselves to a little more pie.

Riverman1 04/18/13 - 06:46 am
How to bilk the city of

How to bilk the city of Augusta must be taught in seminars. It's like one of those "How to Get Government Grants" things.

Little Lamb
Little Lamb 04/18/13 - 09:41 am

It seems so, RM.

Hats off to Augusta DA who sought indictment and grand jurors who voted to indict. I hope they'll keep looking for more Hyde Park fraud.

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