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Former state Rep. Robin Williams in transition from federal prison

Thursday, Dec. 19, 2013 1:06 PM
Last updated Friday, Dec. 20, 2013 12:57 AM
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Former state Rep. Robin Williams is being transferred from a federal prison in Estill, S.C., a spokeswoman for the Federal Bureau of Prisons said Thursday.

Former state Rep. Robin Williams is being transferred from a federal prison. He began serving time in 2005 for scheming to steal more than $2 million from a community mental health center.      File/Staff
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Former state Rep. Robin Williams is being transferred from a federal prison. He began serving time in 2005 for scheming to steal more than $2 million from a community mental health center.

The bureau would not say where Williams is being transferred to and won’t do so until the transfer is complete out of security concerns. Williams’ release date is July 20, 2014. Williams attorney, Jack Long, said his client is being placed in a residential reentry facility in Atlanta.

Williams was the last of three prominent politicians from the Augusta area who were indicted and convicted beginning in 2004 to be released from federal prison. Former state Sen. Charles Walker was transitioned to a half-way house on Tuesday, and former state school superintendent Linda Schrenko was released from home confinement in late August, six months after being released from a minimum-security women’s work camp in Coleman, Fla.

Bureau spokeswoman Victoria Joseph said an early release is common.

“Any inmate, about six months before their release, is usually transitioned into the community to finish out their sentence,” Joseph said.

Williams, who served a decade in the state House, schemed to steal more than $2 million from the local community mental health center.

He worked behind the scenes to get his friend C. Michael Brockman put in charge of the center, and together they directed lucrative contracts to their friends, who in turn kicked back money to Williams.

All were convicted and served sentences, except Brockman who died of cancer before his six-year sentence could begin.

Williams began serving his sentence in November 2005.

Long said Williams told him he was thankful for support from family and friends and looking forward to returning to Augusta.

“Robin expresses his sincerest remorse for his damaging actions and is eager to begin making amends for his mistakes,” Long said in an e-mail.

Walker, who also served his prison sentence in Estill, S.C., was convicted of 127 felony charges related to schemes to cheat advertisers in his Augusta Focus newspaper, two public hospitals, campaign contributors and the CSRA Classic charity event he founded.

Schrenko was sentenced in 2006 for embezzling hundreds of thousands of dollars in federal education funding. She and her deputy superintendent, Merle Temple, diverted money intended for honors students and two schools for the deaf into her unsuccessful 2002 campaign for governor and plastic surgery.

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GiantsAllDay
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GiantsAllDay 12/19/13 - 02:59 pm
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All the crooked politicians

All the crooked politicians getting out of the big house all at once.

raul
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raul 12/19/13 - 04:05 pm
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Looks like they are making

Looks like they are making room for some more.

Stunned 2
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Stunned 2 12/19/13 - 05:32 pm
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and, that place was ripe for the picking. Should have looked int

and, that place was ripe for the picking. Should have looked into mismanagement before the Big Red Robin landed on the grounds. The wimpy director that they shooed off - rewarded buddies and set up a group of self-serving uneducated dimwits as business managers, while ignoring the warnings from the dedicated employees. This incompetence made it easy for any bandit to rob the place blind.

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Riverman1 12/19/13 - 08:16 pm
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"I can sell anything."

I remember that article where SA asked him in prison what he would do when he got out. He laughed and said, "I can sell anything." Heh, heh.

Dixieman
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Dixieman 12/20/13 - 12:55 pm
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A cell becomes vacant...

...just in time for the next batch of crooked politicos (see today's paper)!

Just change the sheets and the room will be ready....

Darby
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Darby 12/20/13 - 01:41 pm
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That answers the question I've been asking

since I first heard about Walker's release. I knew that Williams went in before Walker and expected (all else being equal) that he would be released first.

Start counting your silverware folks.

Darby
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Darby 12/20/13 - 01:43 pm
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Now that the FBI has arrested Richmond County

coroner Tuten, he may be going in to fill the space left in the system by Walker, Schrenko and Williams.

rmwhitley
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rmwhitley 12/20/13 - 06:39 pm
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Doesn't living in
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today's America make you proud. What a prime example to follow by democratic "leadership". Most politicians are neither democrat nor republican but crimnocraticuns.

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SemperParatus 12/20/13 - 07:52 pm
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Hey Robin! Please stay away!

When the time comes, I am keeping my fingers crossed that Robin's new home is anywhere in the world except Augusta-Richmond County! We have had enough! Perhaps he'll fall in love with Atlanta while he is "halfing it" over there and decide to stay.

Darby
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Darby 12/20/13 - 10:31 pm
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Hey, SP, Robin kept an apartment

in Hotlanta when he was in the House. Maybe he's still paying rent on it.

Still, his roots are here, so don't get your hopes up.

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candygirl77 01/26/14 - 08:14 pm
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robin williams

robin, hasn't done anything more then what everyone else wishes they could've done, and most do!....he may have done wrong but he surely did a lot for people as well, I could tell a lot about more high ranking folks in Richmond county that would bring half of the county down! ...mr.williams paid his dues for his crime , but don't judge lest you be judged...some folks should sweep around there front door..just/saying....welcome home! ROBIN!

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