Tuesday, June 26, 2012
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ATLANTA 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.