Weaver convicted, sentencing deferred

ALBANY -- An Albany business owner accused of participating in a scheme to steal hundreds of thousands of dollars from the local Alltel store, was convicted Tuesday night by a jury.

A sentencing hearing will be scheduled for Christopher Weaver. He and Jim "Jimbo" Adams were indicted for their alleged roles in the scam which involved Weaver installing Alltel equipment into vehicles.

"This was a good verdict for us," Dougherty District Attorney Greg Edwards said. "There was a lot of information to get through and it was a complicated case, but apparently the jury was able to see the truth."

Adams pleaded guilty as part of a plea agreement with the district attorney's office. His sentence wasn't immediately known.

Weaver is named in a 40-count indictment that alleges a complex scheme to defraud Alltel Communications, along with Adams, through the submission of phony invoices for the installation of hands-free Alltel devices into the vehicles of customers, in exchange for a 10 percent kickback for Adams.

The indictment contends that Adams entered into an agreement in 2000 with Weaver's company, On-Site Communications, to install the equipment. It also contends an agreement to invoice work not done, so long as Adams received a 10 percent kickback.

In 2001, the first year of the agreement, the indictment alleges that Weaver billed Adams for $321,000 in work, with $74,000 for work never done.

In 2002, Weaver is alleged to have submitted a total $489,000 worth of invoices to Adams, with $199,000 for work never done.

In November 2002, the indictment contends that Adams demanded $20,000 in cash and a vehicle owned by Weaver in exchange for continuing the agreement between Alltel and On-Site Communications.

In 2003, Weaver billed Alltel for $589,000 in invoices with $198,000 for work that wasn't performed, the indictment alleges.

In December 2003, Adams, with the assistance of others, formed South Georgia Wireless based in Shellman and opened a line of credit worth $75,000, the indictment states.

In January 2004, Adams, as a representative of Alltel Wireless, is believed to have entered into an agreement with South Georgia Wireless, his company, to be the sole installer of hands-free devices into the vehicles of Alltel customers, the indictment states.