Woods submits payment; Washington delinquent

ALBANY -- One of the business owners who benefited from the recent downtown manager fiasco and was behind on their payment to the city made good on Tuesday, but another may be facing legal trouble if he doesn't pay.

Lajuana Woods, the former Albany-Dougherty Inner City Authority Board member who was late in making a $5,000 payment to ADICA for January, caught up on her account by noon Tuesday, Assistant City Manager Wes Smith said.

Woods accepted a $50,000 facade grant from former ADICA Executive Director Don Buie while she was serving on the board. In exchange for leaving the board when her term ended in December and paying the money back swiftly, District Attorney Greg Edwards agreed not to pursue a criminal indictment against her.

Woods is on an accelerated payment plan. She's already paid back $10,000 and was set to start making $5,000-a-month payments beginning in January.

"She has paid the amount that she was late on in full," Assistant City Manager Wes Smith said. "However, Mr. Washington's payments are still delinquent."

Tim Washington, former owner of Dollar Square, was indicted along with Buie and Buie's wife Shanon, but accepted a plea deal to testify against Don Buie in exchange for five years on probation and restitution.

His court-ordered repayment to ADICA of thousands in facade grants and back rent, was at a substantially slower rate than Woods -- $500 per month.

According to Smith, Washington is late in making payments in December and January and the city has sent a letter to his probation office.

Edwards said that Washington's probation officer would have to make the initial determination on whether being late two months constitutes a probation violation.

"The probation officer has a lot of discretion in what rises to the level of violating probation," Edwards said. "If they feel that he has violated it, they would file a petition with the court and a judge would make a determination."

Washington was accused of participating in negotiations with Don Buie for $1-a-month rent for two years while the public would be shown documents indicating he was paying more than $700 per month.