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Former ASU Foundation employees indicted

ALBANY — Two former employees of Albany State University Foundation, Inc. have been indicted by a Dougherty County grand jury on charges of racketeering.

According to Wednesday’s indictment, Angela Getter was, at the time of the alleged offenses, employed as executive director of the Foundation. Sean Stanley was employed by the Foundation as interim business manager.

Court documents contend that two defendants are each accused of conspiring and endeavoring to acquire checks from the Albany State University Foundation which had not been approved by the foundation’s board of directors. Between October 11, 2007, and January 14, 2008, Getter had obtained checks which totaled $12,500, with Stanley’s checks amounting to $15,500, the indictment charges. According to a statement from the Georgia Attorney General’s office, the checks were listed as payment for “professional services.”

According to the indictment, the objectives of the Foundation are to provide resources, services and money for scholarship and student aid and to provide an opportunity through the subjected services, resources and money for disadvantaged youths to become constructive and productive citizens on a non-profit basis.

In connection to the alleged crimes, the indictment specifically charges Getter and Stanley with theft by taking, and making false statements. Both charges constitute racketeering activity according to Georgia law, the indictment states. According to Greg Edwards, Dougherty County district attorney, bench warrants have been issued for the arrest of both defendants.

Edwards said the case is being handled by the the Georgia Attorney General’s Office pursuant to an investigation by Georgia Bureau of Investigation, which began in 2007.