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Man imprisoned for $100M surety bond fraud

Man imprisoned for $100M surety bond fraud

ATLANTA -- An Orange Park, Fla., man was sentenced to time in federal prison for operating a multimillion dollar surety bond fraud scheme.

DeKalb County and the city of McDonough received some of Eric Campbell's false bonds for construction projects.

"Mr. Campbell orchestrated a scheme whereby he defrauded numerous individuals, businesses, and state and local government of money based on false representations and promises," Veronica Hyman-Pillot, Special Agent in Charge with IRS Criminal Investigation, said in a release.

From August 2012 to July 2013, Campbell used a number of corporations to sell the bonds. He convinced contractors and government agencies to work with him by saying he had the authority to execute or issue surety bonds on behalf of affiliates of insurance company Chubb. Prosecutors said Campbell embossed the fake bonds with counterfeit seals and forged Chubb officials' signatures on them.

Ga. men sentenced for stealing $4 million from bank

Ga. men sentenced for stealing $4 million from bank

ATLANTA -- Four Georgia men will spend time in federal prison after pleading guilty to stealing more than $4 million from the Bank of New York Mellon.

The defendants include:

Harry Cobb, 48, Decatur
Pleaded guilty in September 2014
Sentenced to one year and eight months in prison, then five years of supervised release

William Leese, 33, Duluth
Pleaded guilty in December 2014
Sentenced to three years and one month in prison, then five years of supervised release

Derek Spinks, 35, Austell
Pleaded guilty in September 2014
Sentenced to two years and nine months in prison, then five years of supervised release

Zachary Vaughn, 35, Atlanta
Pleaded guilty in August 2014
Sentenced to five years and three months in prison, then five years of supervised release

Man gets life for killing pregnant girlfriend

Man gets life for killing pregnant girlfriend

DECATUR, Ga. -- A DeKalb County man was given two life prison sentences for gunning down his pregnant girlfriend.

Carlo Simpson was sentenced Monday in DeKalb County Superior Court. He was convicted last week of felony murder, feticide, aggravated assault, and firearm possession.

Prosecutors said Simpson, now 25, shot Shikhira Dunson to death in a driveway on Eagles Nest Circle on Feb. 18, 2013. The victim had just turned 20 and was about 22 weeks pregnant. She and Simpson also had a baby son.

Dunson's mother Johnnee addressed the court, saying, "There's not one single day that goes by that I don't have a thought of my daughter. What was once an amazing, beautiful, loving and gentle soul is now and forever more just ashes in the cold dark ground."

Johnnee Dunson is raising the child her daughter had with Simpson.

Trial begins for man accused of killing pregnant girlfriend

Trial begins for man accused of killing pregnant girlfriend

DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. -- Jury selection began Monday for a DeKalb County man accused of gunning down his pregnant girlfriend.

Carlo Simpson is charged with felony murder, feticide, aggravated assault and firearm possession.

Prosecutors said he shot 20-year-old Shikhira Dunson to death in a driveway on Eagles Nest Circle in DeKalb County on Feb. 18, 2013. Dunson was pregnant with Simpson's child. Witnesses told police they heard the suspect and victim arguing shortly before the shooting.

DeKalb Craigslist killers sentenced to life

DeKalb Craigslist killers sentenced to life

DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. -- A pair of convicted killers will spend the rest of their lives in prison for murdering a Florida man during a phony Craigslist transaction in 2013.

Malik Rice and Contevious Stepp-McCommons were sentenced Wednesday in DeKalb County Superior Court.

The two were convicted of gunning down 56-year-old Clarence Gardenhire after luring him to an abandoned house in southeast Atlanta so they could rob him. Gardenhire, who was visiting Atlanta from Tallahassee for the birth of his ninth grandchild, answered the defendants' fake Craigslist ad for an iPhone for sale.

"This was a calculated plot to lure innocent victims to a designated unsafe area with a goal to rob them upon arrival," DeKalb County District Attorney Robert James said. "However, in the course of their interaction, Stepp-McCommons fatally shot Mr. Gardenhire and fled the scene."

Boy found dead in 1999 still unidentified

Boy found dead in 1999 still unidentified

DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. -- Sixteen years after a young boy was found dead in DeKalb County, investigators still do not know his name.

The child's remains were discovered Feb. 26, 1999 in a wooded area behind a small church cemetery on Clifton Springs Road. Police believe he'd been dead several months before he was found.

Experts say the boy was between 5 and 7 years old, black, about 4 feet tall and 50 pounds. He was wearing a long-sleeve hooded pullover sweatshirt, a blue and white plaid sweater, blue jeans and brown suede Timberland boots, size 11.

An investigation determined the child likely came from the region that emcompasses metro Atlanta, south Georgia and parts of north Florida.

Anyone with information about the unidentified boy is asked to call the DeKalb County Medical Examiner at 404-508-3500 or the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children at 1-800-THE-LOST.

Man shot in the face on I-285

Man shot in the face on I-285

DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. -- DeKalb County Police are working to determine why a man was shot in the face after getting into a wreck on Interstate 285.

The victim was involved in a hit and run accident at around 2:30 a.m. Sunday. After being shot, he drove to a QuikTrip in the 4100 block of Covington Highway for help.

An off-duty police officer at the QuikTrip called 911, and the victim was taken to Grady Memorial Hospital. His identity and condition were not immediately known.

Police said details of the shooting are still unclear, due to the nature of the victim's injury.