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Riggins To Appear before tribunal tomorrow

ATLANTA - Dougherty County School board member Velvet Riggins will appear before a governor's tribunal at 9 a.m. Tuesday to answer questions in regard to a Dougherty grand jury indictment on four counts of school lunch fraud.

Early last week Governor Nathan Deal appointed Georgia Attorney General Sam Olens, Henry County School Board member Erik Charles and Tift County School Board member Shawn Utley to review the charges against Riggins.

Riggins was indicted on April 25 by a Dougherty County grand jury on two counts of theft by taking, public record fraud and providing false information to obtain free school meals for a child.

The indictment stems from two 2011-12 free or reduced-cost school lunch applications filed for her children at Robert Cross Middle Magnet School and Lincoln Elementary Magnet School.

Riggins and her attorney, Mark Brimberry, appeared at an arraignment hearing on June 5 before Superior Court Stephen Goss, who gave Brimberry until June 29 to file motions in the case.

Deal instructed the tribunal to make a written report to be delivered to his office by June 29 with a recommendation as to whether Riggins should be suspended from office, as required by O.C.G.A §45-5-6(e).

In a related development, Riggins is scheduled to have an employment hearing this afternoon with the Albany Girl Scouts Council. She was suspended from her job as membership director shorty after the indictment was handed down.

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Sister_Ruby 2 years, 4 months ago

Taking odds that she will "plead the fifth".

Repeat after me: "On the advice of counsel, I refuse to answer based on the grounds that I might incriminate myself. I invoke my Fifth Amendment right."

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Bubbavet_rureel 2 years, 4 months ago

What about the 6th, 1st, and 14th?

Lesson, the 5th is not an option for the tribunal?

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gotanyfacts 2 years, 4 months ago

rureel... What about them? Do you believe they apply to her defense? If so, how?

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MRKIA 2 years, 4 months ago

I EXPECT A RECOMMENDATION OF REMOVAL UNTIL THE CHARGES ARE RESOLVED.

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Bubbavet_rureel 2 years, 4 months ago

It's good your expectation dosen't carry any weight in this town.

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jglass 2 years, 4 months ago

I hope they take her off the board. It is just sad that nobody is running for her seat on the board in the upcoming elections.

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Bubbavet_rureel 2 years, 4 months ago

You're better off hoping to win the lottery!

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FryarTuk 2 years, 4 months ago

Mr. Brimberry will ask for a continuance. Let's hope it isn't approved. It will be good for DCSS if she is fully removed before trial. jury will be more suspicious of defrocked defendant.

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Bubbavet_rureel 2 years, 4 months ago

When did you become a legal expert?

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Bubbavet_rureel 2 years, 4 months ago

Tired of bias, replace her with someone that think like a right winger.

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Bubbavet_rureel 2 years, 4 months ago

I different from bubbavet, we have different views. Give her 4 more years.

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chinaberry25 2 years, 4 months ago

Some of these lawyers are cozier with certain judges. If they get one of those, it is a sure win for Riggins. Bet they get one.

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MRKIA 2 years, 4 months ago

I SEE THE TYPING CHIMPANZEE IS CHIMING IN WITH HIS USUAL LUNACY. NO ONE IS ON YOUR SIDE BUBBAVET_RU AND YOUR POSITION WILL NO MORE CHANGE THE OUTCOME THAN MINE. NO ONE FROM AROUND HERE IS PART OF THE TRIBUNAL SO THE PROCESS SHOULD BE FREE OF BIAS. VELVET WAS INDICTED, TIME TO SIT IT OUT. SEE YA, WOULD'NT WANT TO BE YA.

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Abytaxpayer 2 years, 4 months ago

I am with BVR and Coach let's give her four more years. They allow and approve of Riggin's morals and character and she is who they want their kids to emulate. Why waste our breath any longer? You can lead a donkey to water but you can’t make him drink. In years to come they can no longer play the blame “Bush” game because this is a Society of their own making.

BTW anyone that works for a living and pays taxes in the State of Georgia and wants to look at sending a child to a private school, the State of Georgia will give you up to $2,500.oo for a married couple filing jointly.

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fatdaddygamer 2 years, 4 months ago

she's going to get away with it.

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coachjohnson42 2 years, 4 months ago

To all normal human beings, dont believe anything ABYTAXPAYER says....He is full of manure.....

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Abytaxpayer 2 years, 4 months ago

It is neither! It is YOUR Manure. How can you call what I said Manure? Have you and Coach called for Riggins to step aside because of her lying, cheating and stealing? Or have both of you proclaimed your support of her actions and wish for more of her actions to be portrayed on the school board with your FULL support. With such role models your children will grow up seeing such actions as totally acceptable. It is because of people like Riggins that the State of Georgia is giving MILLIONS for private education.

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coachjohnson42 2 years, 4 months ago

Even though your credibility is now shot and nothing you say matters anymore, I have a question for you. Do you really think that if someone doesn't always buy into your idiotic psycho-pathic ideas that they automatically believe the other side of the debate or argument? Some people just don't want be apart of your right-winged extreme world but still remain quiet. Sometimes its not worth even blogging about. You sound like a street preacher just hollering at the wind, and nobody cares what you are blabbering about.

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coachjohnson42 2 years, 4 months ago

HEY BVR!!!! On tuesdays and thursdays it cow manure.....every other day its horse!!! lol

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Abytaxpayer 2 years, 4 months ago

WEll Well we always knew Coach was the Manure Expert!!!!!!

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Abytaxpayer 2 years, 4 months ago

Coach even with ALL your Manure I have say you spoke no truer words when YOU said.

“Blacks feel like they are owed reparations for helping to build the USA and were denied, so now welfare is a little payback for them”

With that mindset it is not hard for the rest of America to see why you support your fellows who lie, cheat and steal from the Government that has denied their reparations. It is just more PAYBACK.

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