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Special prosecutor named in Riggins lunch case

South Georgia Circuit D.A. Joe Mullholand will prosecute

Dougherty County School Board member Velvet Riggins gets into a waiting vehicle shortly after being booked on two counts of falsifying information on a school lunch application and one felony count of offense by a public official.

Dougherty County School Board member Velvet Riggins gets into a waiting vehicle shortly after being booked on two counts of falsifying information on a school lunch application and one felony count of offense by a public official.

ALBANY, GA. -- South Georgia District Attorney Joe Mullholland has been appointed as the special prosecutor to handle the case against Dougherty County School Board member Velvet Riggins.

Riggins was arrested earlier this month and charged with two misdemeanor counts of falsifying free or reduced school lunch applications and one felony count of Offense by a Public official.

Riggins is currently free on a $7,000 personal recognizance bond.

Mullholland was appointed after Dougherty County DA Greg Edwards recused himself because her personally knows Riggins.

Riggins arrest came on the heels of three misdemeanor counts each of falsifying free or reduced school lunch applications against Morningside Elementary School Principal Gloria Baker and her husband John.

Baker was suspended by the Doughty BOE for 15 days without pay.

Edwards said Thursday that his office will handle Baker's prosecution while Mullholland will handle Riggins' case. The DA also pointed out that the appointment of the special prosecutor will not cost the county any additional money.

The Baker and Riggins charges prompted School Board Chairman James Bush to call for an independent investigation into the DCSS free or reduced lunch program.

Bush's motion passed by a 5-1-1 vote.

Comments

Jacob 2 years, 9 months ago

Dang, are all of Greg's buddies criminals? What are we paying him for if he has to recuse himself out of every sticky political situation?

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Moe 2 years, 9 months ago

Greg Edwards is only interested in getting re-elected and doesn't want to offend his supporters. He is just like the Ken Hodges filth that he learned from. Ken Hodges: A Prostitute, Not A Prosecutor.

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Outtahere 2 years, 9 months ago

I will be suprised if anything happens to these two women; I really will. Obivouslly, DCSS doesn't care about the children at all! Two ways I know this is: 1. Cheating scandal. 2. Stealing from needy children that require financial assistance just to eat lunch!!

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whattheheck 2 years, 9 months ago

I think the case will get a fair hearing with Joe and will pass the "sniff" test. Too bad Baker can't be in the same proceeding but that's how the system works. .

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Cartman 2 years, 9 months ago

ditto. This is good news that Joe is involved.

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waltspecht 2 years, 9 months ago

As Carlton Fletcher wrote of his friend that teaches in DCSS, "This is only beginning to scratch the surface. Hopefully they will fully investigate all the programs and clean them and the culprits up completely. To remove a cancer, you have to get all of it.

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boyoboy 2 years, 9 months ago

I would think some people are starting to get nervous, but on the other hand the mentality of the entitlement people is that they can't be touched.

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Jimboob 2 years, 9 months ago

Will the same people that said there was no cheating problem in the school system also conduct this investigation? Do you think we will REALLY get the truth?

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LuLu 2 years, 9 months ago

Great! I like Mr. Mullholland. Isn't he the one who got the Baker County grand jury to take a second look at their school board mess?

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TheBoss 2 years, 9 months ago

Riggins will be found Not Gulity or "Incompetent", code word for Gulity but Black, either way still on the Board.

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rock 2 years, 9 months ago

Just by her still being a voting member of the DCSS Board, should reveal to all just how the criminal mindset has INFECTED the board. She has been criminally charged, all but has a smoking gun in her hand with the false paperwork on file and the School board still lets her be there through all this other scandal. Even in prisons there is a code that each inmate must follow or suffer consequences. Where is the consequence Rggins???

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DUDE1407 2 years, 9 months ago

Muarlene Edwards DC Commissioner

Velvet Edwards-Riggins DCSS Board Member - Criminal Charges

Victor Edwards Unsuccessful candidate for City Commission - served time for drug charges

Mother, Daughter and Son.........just saying

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Amazed2 2 years, 9 months ago

??did Gloria Baker's case get assigned to a prosecutor too???

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Terry.Lewis 2 years, 9 months ago

I have updated the story after speaking with Edwards. His office will handle the Baker case while Mullhollad's will prosecute the Riggins' case.

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Amazed2 2 years, 9 months ago

Thanks Terry.Lewis for update on Gloria Baker. I have a lot of respect for our DA but I would have thought on this one he would have also requested a Special Prosecutor for Gloria Bakers case since he is friends with Velvet and probably at least knows the other board members.

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waltspecht 2 years, 9 months ago

With the DA recusing himself, I would believe Riggins would recuse herself from any vote on the School Board until this is settled. An alternate should be installed by the Govenor until the legal matter is settled so the district will still be represented. It seems almost too cut and dried to warrent an innocent plea. As to Baker, her husband will take the fall for that one I would guess. Even though she definately aided and abetted.

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43cop 2 years, 9 months ago

Riggins is doing to the judicial system the same thing she is doing to the DCSS Board, costing money for someone that is not worth a copper penny. She needs to just enter a plea to her criminal activites and move on the stealing something else. Maybe she can carry Bush, "June Bug" and a few others with her.

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Amazed2 2 years, 9 months ago

I doubt that either Velvet Rigging or Gloria Baker have the class to just own up to what the reality that what they did was wrong and illegal. I fully expect both of them to just hang in there and and soon or later they will get a minor hand slap at he most and then they will profess that they did nothing wrong.

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whattheheck 2 years, 9 months ago

What bothers me is the attitude that if you steal from the govt, it isn't stealing! Same attitude as giving help on the CRCT--it isn't cheating if you are helping a brother get ahead. In their minds, there was nothing wrong, it was business as usual.

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LuLu 2 years, 9 months ago

Yep. Ten feet tall and bulletproof. They probably feel no remorse, no shame. In fact, they probably feel special because their picture is in the paper and on TV.

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Jacob 2 years, 9 months ago

That is what baffles me. Where is the outrage? They didn't help the children. They hurt them. They stole from them.

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