Originally created 09/22/05

Williams will appeal his fraud conviction



Former state Rep. Robin Williams will appeal his conviction, according to federal documents made public Wednesday.

Mr. Williams' co-defendants, including Augusta pharmacist Duncan Fordham, have until Monday to file notice of their intention to appeal their health-care fraud convictions if they want them to be heard by the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals.

A week ago today, Mr. Williams was sentenced to serve 10 years in prison for his pivotal role in the looting of the Community Mental Health Center of East Central Georgia.

Mr. Fordham, who was awarded about $1 million in "incentive payments" and kicked back a third of that to Mr. Williams, was sentenced to serve 52 months in prison.

The former executive director of the center, C. Michael Brockman, was sentenced to serve six years in prison.

Lobbyists Rick L. Camp and M. Chad Long received prison sentences of 37 months and 33 months, respectively.

U.S. District Judge Dudley H. Bowen Jr. allowed each of the men to remain free on bond until the Federal Bureau of Prisons staff determines where they will serve their sentences.

Attorneys for the convicted men said last week that their clients should receive dates as to when to report to prison in four to five weeks.

Mr. Williams was the Augusta area's representative in the state General Assembly for 10 years before his primary defeat in 2000. He ran an unsuccessful campaign for mayor of Augusta in 2002.

According to witnesses at the May trial, the conspiracy to steal from the mental health center was set in motion by Mr. Williams in late 1999.

Reach Sandy Hodson at (706) 823-3226 or sandy.hodson@augustachronicle.com.