Originally created 05/05/05

Williams convicted on fraud charges



Former Georgia Rep. Robin Williams was convicted Thursday in U.S. District Court in Augusta on all charges of conspiring with four others to defraud an Augusta mental health center of more than $2 million.

The former CEO of Community Mental Health Center of East Central Georgia, C. Michael Brockman, was also convicted of health care fraud, as was pharmacist Duncan Fordham and lobbyists Rick L. Camp and M. Chad Long. Mr. Brockman was acquitted of a bribery charge, and Mr. Camp, a former pitcher for the Atlanta Braves, was found not guilty on a charge of making a false statement.

Mr. Williams, a legislator for 10 years before his defeat in 2000, was convicted on 17 charges , including conspiracy, theft, health care fraud, money laundering and bribery. As part of an agreement between the prosecution and defense, the defendants agreed to forfeit more than $900,000.

The news was greeted with "complete jubilation" at the center, said Phil Horton, who served as the acting executive director when the allegations surfaced in January 2003 and Mr. Brockman was placed on adminstrative leave.

"We needed closure," Dr. Horton said.

The defendents are free on bond pending sentencing, for which no date has been set.