Appeals court upholds convictions

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A federal appeals court on Monday affirmed the 2005 convictions of former state Rep. Robin Williams, Augusta druggist Duncan Fordham and former Atlanta Braves pitcher Rick Camp.

The three-judge panel of the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals issued its decision just five days after hearing oral arguments for the three men, convicted of scheming to bilk an Augusta mental health center out of millions of dollars.

According to the four-page opinion, the appeals court judges found no merit in any of the issues that defense attorneys contended unfairly sent the men to prison.

Mr. Williams, who was convicted of the most crimes in connection with his involvement in the Community Mental Health Center of East Central Georgia, was sentenced to serve 120 months in prison.

Mr. Fordham, whose Duncan Drugs obtained a lucrative contract because of Mr. Williams' dealings and who kicked back a third of those profits to Mr. Williams, was sentenced to serve 52 months in prison.

Mr. Camp, who received more than $50,000 from the center for bogus lobbying work, was sentenced to serve 37 months in prison.

Two others convicted in the case were not involved in appeals.

The center's former executive director ,C. Michael Brockman, died before serving his 72-month prison sentence, and M. Chad Long, grandson of former Georgia House Speaker Tom Murphy, did not appeal his 33-month prison sentence.

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juantez 03/13/07 - 07:42 am
He need to except the fact

He need to except the fact that he is going to do his time. 52 months in prison. Hope he do not pick up the soap

purmkinhed 03/13/07 - 09:58 am
It seems to me that M. Chad

It seems to me that M. Chad Long and his attorney are the only smart ones in the bunch. Not that what Chad did was a very intellegent thing to do. But because they DIDN'T appeal! Good old Richmond Co. Government...They're all crooked as H E Double Hocky sticks! LOL They're all in it for themselves anyway! So... Augusta/Richmond County voters; WAKE UP!!!

fergie01 03/13/07 - 11:14 am
hey juantez , where did you

hey juantez , where did you learn to speak? duncan fordam does not deserve to be locked up. what is the matter jaun(whom sounds familiar) are you worried about duncan coming home?

jack 03/13/07 - 11:30 am
Wonde why the court hasn't

Wonde why the court hasn't been as prompt in ruling on Walker's appeal?

uscfan 03/13/07 - 12:30 pm
All are crooks, maybe they

All are crooks, maybe they will find them a boyfriend in prison!

wwjd 03/13/07 - 10:47 pm
juantez what's up with your

juantez what's up with your english?
Hope he do not pick up the soap.
There is not a pharmacy around that could compare to Duncan Drugs, that is until now. Peach Orchard Drugs has the best prices and staff. Check out their $4.00 presciptions. Thanks to Mrs. Fordam for opening the store. There are pharmacies on the same street that are charging outrageous prices. We elderly people can only afford so much.
Hurry Home Duncan
We miss ya.

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