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Man accused of racketeering granted recognizance bond

Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2013 11:38 AM
Last updated 8:58 PM
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A Columbia County judge on Tuesday agreed to release a Grovetown man accused of bilking more than $1 million from his employer.

At a hearing in Evans, Magistrate Judge Bobby Christine allowed Chris­topher Joseph Pizzi, 52, to be released from jail on his own recognizance and be monitored by GPS. The bond requires no cash or property.

Pizzi, who is charged with racketeering, is accused of stealing more than $1 million from Gearig Brothers Civil Works, a company that specializes in site development for residential, commercial and government construction.

Pizzi is a co-defendant with Bank of America in an ongoing civil case. A prosecutor said Gearig Brothers officials want Pizzi released so he can earn restitution money.

He has been held in the Columbia County Deten­tion Center without bond since his Dec. 2 arrest.

Pizzi was the general manager for Gearig Bro­thers until he was fired last month.

He is accused of using two schemes to steal from his employer: one in which he increased his paychecks without authorization, and a more elaborate method that involved forgery and fraudulent invoices.

According to the civil lawsuit, Pizzi deposited Gearig Bro­thers’ company checks made out to various companies into his personal account at Bank of America.

Gearig Brothers is seeking compensatory damages from Pizzi and Bank of America. In addition, the company is seeking to triple damages, attorney fees and court costs against Pizzi under the state’s civil racketeering law.

Pizzi’s property has been turned over to a receiver to track and account for all his assets that could be seized and liquidated if the company wins. None of that property could be used as bond collateral.

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Red Headed Step Child
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Red Headed Step Child 12/10/13 - 01:33 pm
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Good luck having anyone trust

Good luck having anyone trust him enough to hire him....

IBeDogGone
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IBeDogGone 12/10/13 - 02:29 pm
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$1,000,000.00

Please have him let all of us little people know where he gets a job. I don't have any restitution to make but I could live mighty fine with that kind of income.

willie Lee
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willie Lee 12/10/13 - 11:28 pm
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Judges who do not understand the law?
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As I have stated before, a bond is for one reason and one reason only...to guarantee a persons appearance in court. There are two reasons and two reason only to deny a reasonable bond....if the person is a flight risk or is a danger to the community. Those we call judges have a hard time understanding this concept and use the bonding system as a punishment mechanism to show their authority and lack of understanding of the bond system. This gentleman was incarcerated for two weeks only because the judge on a whim ordered it. Now because the alleged victim wants money, the judge lets him out with no bond required. This indicates that Mr. Pizzi is neither a flight risk nor a danger to the community, meaning that he should have been released at his first appearance before the king, I mean judge. Remember, he is only accused not convicted and these "stupid" judges take it upon them selves to violate everyone's rights according to their whim of the day.

zazzy43
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zazzy43 12/11/13 - 10:03 am
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Actually there are four (4)

Actually there are four (4) criteria for granting areasoable bail in Georgia (See O.C.G.A. Sec. 17-6-1) Just FYI

zazzy43
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zazzy43 12/11/13 - 10:04 am
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Whoops....that "a" shouldn't

Whoops....that "a" shouldn't be in there

GodisSoGood
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GodisSoGood 12/11/13 - 03:09 pm
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He bilked 1 million and gets

He bilked 1 million and gets out with no bond? Hmmm...makes perfect sense to me. Our justice system is a joke.

willie Lee
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willie Lee 12/11/13 - 11:47 pm
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Your Reasoning?
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So God is so Good...you believe all people should stay in jail, regardless if they are convicted or not. As information, it's called the "Bill of Rights" (8th amendment) and it is to protect everyone, possibly even you. So instead of being a pompous, self righteous jerk, you should try being an American.

And to Zazzy...2 of your four are rolled into the danger to the community.

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