Former state Rep. Robin Williams in transition from federal prison

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.

 

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.

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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