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Velvet Riggins appears before tribunal

— An assistant district attorney and Dougherty County School Board member Velvet Riggins just completed an hour-long hearing before a state tribunal that will recommend whether Riggins should be removed from the board pending the results of her school lunch fraud case.

Heather Lanier, representing special prosecutor District Attorney Joe Mullholland who was in court in Decatur County today, presented the state's case.

Riggins also spoke to the tribunal.

She attended the hearing with her attorney, Mark Brimberry; brother, Prince Edwards, and mother, Muarlene Edwards, a Dougherty County commissioner who is leaving that post at the end of the year because she is running for state representative.

On June 15, Gov. 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.

Lanier said the tribunal said it would notify the parties of its findings shortly.

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Sister_Ruby 1 year, 10 months ago

It must be comforting to have other members of your family who are also crooks at your side at such a time.

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jglass 1 year, 10 months ago

Sister_Ruby, my thoughts exactly!!! I just hope this is the beginning of her getting her just rewards.

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ontario1966 1 year, 10 months ago

The finding should be GUILTY, one organization already dropped her like a hot potatoe! I'm hoping the Tribunal does the right thing? Get rid of the trash and corruption!

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PatrickY2K 1 year, 10 months ago

There's no e in potato, Mr. Quayle.

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Sister_Ruby 1 year, 10 months ago

You are incorrect......again. Most dictionaries give alternate spellings as "to" and "toe". Leftist media bias against Dan Quayle succeeded again in convincing people of a lie.

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whodat 1 year, 10 months ago

good luck Google-ing "potatoe". It may still be used in England but accepted U.S. usage is "potato"; the plural is "potatoes".

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waltspecht 1 year, 10 months ago

The results of this should be the alert of things to come in this case. Hopefully it will be dealt with fairly and honestly.

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agirl_25 1 year, 10 months ago

Wonder if her brother ever paid his back property taxes? I think he owed somewhere in the vicinity of $1600.00. Just curious. If not, why are they allowed to get away with so much?

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dingleberry 1 year, 10 months ago

About $900 still owed according to tax site.

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chinaberry25 1 year, 10 months ago

They means you. You can go to the courthouse and pay his taxes and take over the house. Now you will also owe for any other liens he has. But you can evict him from the house. They means you!!

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ontario1966 1 year, 10 months ago

Her brother should have already paid his back taxes? With what he saved from him also getting free lunches also??

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agonized 1 year, 10 months ago

Her brother is a convicted felon. He was indicted during his term as a commissioner.

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VietVet1 1 year, 10 months ago

They are a role model of an Albany family that thinks 'taxpayers' owe them a life.

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jglass 1 year, 10 months ago

Well, with Heather Lanier representing the attorney due to a conflict.....................she is GOOD!!!!!!

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MRKIA 1 year, 10 months ago

THE TRIBUNAL MAY AS WELL STICK AROUND AND CHECK OUT SYLVESTER COUNCILMAN LARRY JOHNSON

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chinaberry25 1 year, 10 months ago

They could spent a month here alone!

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missay 1 year, 10 months ago

I'm tired of the corruption, and people thinking they are owed something.

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FlunkyMonkey 1 year, 10 months ago

Agree on Larry Johnson. In regard to Riggins...that family that steals together, gets away with it?

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rightasrain 1 year, 10 months ago

Don't hold your breath; Riggins will get a 'slap on the wrist' because after all she is just a product of Albany. Don't expect any serious consequences.

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Jacob 1 year, 10 months ago

Does she look like momma Clump?

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agirl_25 1 year, 10 months ago

I wonder why Tyler Perry doesn't do a movie based on the family. They are real and can you imagine the laughs the audience would get from the movie? I know just sitting here reading the squawks I am laughing till my coffee is coming out my nose......hahahaha....stop stop stop. Let's pick who will play the parts.....how about that huge ugly cow on the Atlanta Housewives Show......that NeNe character...for the Velvet part....what do you say? She would be perfect, huh? Any suggestions for Edward? How about the Mother? Seriously tho, is it tragic, isn't it? Can you imagine people getting away with such blatant misuse of public money and constantly thumbing their noses at the law?

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Sister_Ruby 1 year, 10 months ago

Tyler Perry's too busy doing fundraisers for Obama's re-election campaign.

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agonized 1 year, 10 months ago

There is a second daughter that is under indictment for financial transaction fraud against her father's CHURCH. The church members went to the GBI on their own to ask for an investigation. This was way back in 2010. No idea what's going on with that.

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Progressive 1 year, 10 months ago

And their mother, the County Commissioner Hat Wearer, Mauralean Edwards, wants to be your State Rep to replace Carol Fullerton. She and Sanford Bishop would be like 2 peas in a pod.

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agirl_25 1 year, 10 months ago

Now come on.......this isn't a movie script waiting to be made into a blockbuster? People, people....let's start getting the roles filled....OK....who is gonna be perfect for Hat Wearer? er, I mean Ms. Edwards part? I love the fact that we have a GBI investigation and fraud against a CHURCH......woowee.....this is sounding good. Now if we could only get Oprah involved, huh?

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jglass 1 year, 10 months ago

OMGoodness.......................... agirl_25 YOU are too funny!!!!

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agirl_25 1 year, 10 months ago

Well I still think it has the makings for a fantastic movie....doncha think so too?

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Duane_Kelley 1 year, 10 months ago

I won't get on here and do the Albany thing....I hope that after all the evidence is presented, justice wil be served....if she is found not guilty I hope that all of you will apologize and state your name...if she is found guilty, then she shall get what she deserves

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Jacob 1 year, 10 months ago

Do you think that if she is found not guilty by a jury of her peers, that means the same as she is innocent? There was a trial about a guy named Orenthal who sliced up his wife and her friend. He was found not guilty. Do you think he was innocent?

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agirl_25 1 year, 10 months ago

Duane, if Victor is a convicted felon and owes back property taxes and has a sister who is under indictment for financial transaction fraud against her father's church, how long does one have to wait for justice to be served? I don't know how many Edwards kids there are but if there are 3 of them Mrs. Edwards is 3 for 3, huh? It seems to me if it walks like a duck and quacks like a duck then by gosh it must be a duck. If it was one of the Riggins's signatures on the forms that applied for the lunches it must have been one of them who did it...or was it like the old Flip Wilson routine......."the devil made me do it"?

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waltspecht 1 year, 10 months ago

She could be as guilty as sin, and still found Innocent in South-west Georgia. What some Jurors around here will do is nothing short of amazing. I remember one that wouldn't cast a guilty vote against an individual because he did so much for the Community on Thanksgiving. Even tho she felt he was guilty of the charges. I also remember several Jurors that felt the act the individual was accused of wasn't really a crime because they had done the same thing. Now if they can prove those signitures are forged, and she had absolutely no knowledge of her children receiving free lunch, then I might think she was innocent. However, that isn't the case. They are going for a technicallity in the wording of the form, making the charge irrelivant. In other words there is no doubt she did it, but due to a loophole in the process she will beat the charge. So just how do you define innocent?

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willie 1 year, 10 months ago

Just a thought as I'm new here. Has the District Attorney, Ms. Riggins works for, terminated her position?

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jglass 1 year, 10 months ago

willie? Riggins worked for The Girl Scouts and is a school board member. The Girl Scouts suspended her, but I think there was to be some kind of meeting with them about her job. Nothing has been published in days. She doesn't work for the DA.

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agirl_25 1 year, 9 months ago

Is Greg Edwards, the DA, also related to the notorious Edwards of Albany fame........please please please please please tell me it ain't so......!!! If it is so this is just too too much.........hahahaha..

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DCSSTeacher 1 year, 10 months ago

In the words of the DCSS Criminal-in-Chief, J.W.M. Jr., I quote from his "Friday Inspiration" email on 6/25/12:

"Be careful of the faces during the day as the pattern of what you see in their faces will change. Be careful of the night fall as the faces will do something totally different because they think you are asleep. Listen to their speech as the speech will give you the truth of what they really have in their hearts. Listen to their laughter and see how long it lasts when you walk away. Remember that closed eyes do not mean that ears are not listening. Know your fight and stick to the fight that fits your vision! Stay wise my colleagues."

I guess these are the type of things he whispered in a velvety-voice to our beloved, indicted board member as she faced the Tribunal hearing.

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MRKIA 1 year, 9 months ago

DCSS: SOUNDS LIKE A BUNCH OF NONSENSE THAT WOULD ONLY MAKE SENSE IF SOMEONE IS STUPID ENOUGH TO GIVE IT AHY CREDIBILITY. DON'T WORRY, THE BOMBS ARE DROPPING ALL AROUND HIM AND ALL THE GOOD TEACHERS IN DCSS WILL BE RID OF HIM COME CONTRACT RENEWAL.

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Abytaxpayer 1 year, 9 months ago

MRKIA you raise a good point. The Good teachers in DCSS. There are many times over more Excellent Teachers in DCSS than there are the lying, cheating, stealing teachers. Some of the bad ones are getting their jobs back are doing so because there was not ENOUGH evidence to convict them which is not the same as NO evidence or innocent. But the really sad part is because of the bad actions of a few, the majority are also thought of poorly and they resent how that has turn a lot of people against them even though they themselves are working to the best of their ability to teach the kids. The Good teachers need hope that things will improve or many will be leaving in years to come.

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