The Ball Ground man received a four-year prison term on wire fraud charges for stealing millions of dollars of communications equipment and selling it to fund a lavish lifestyle.
- POLICE & FIRE
Wednesday, October 3, 2012
A Ball Ground man will serve four years in federal prison on wire fraud charges in connection with a scheme to steal millions of dollars of communications equipment from Cisco Systems and his employer, Verizon Wireless. Michael W. Baxter, 62, of Ball Ground, was sentenced by Senior U.S. District Judge J. Owen Forrester today, Oct. 3, to the prison term for a scheme to steal millions of dollars in high-value network communications equipment while employed as a network engineer for Verizon between 2000 and 2010. Baxter was sentenced to 4 years in prison to be followed by 3 years of supervised release, and ordered to pay $2.33 million in restitution to Cisco Systems, and $462,828 in restitution to Verizon. Baxter was indicted on the charges …
The two men sought firearms, silencers and explosives as they planned to assassinate federal officials.
- POLICE & FIRE
Wednesday, August 22, 2012
Two North Georgia militiamen were sentenced to five years in federal prison on charges of conspiring to obtain an unregistered explosive device and silencer. Frederick Thomas, 73, of Cleveland, and Dan Roberts, 68, of Toccoa, were sentenced today, Aug. 22, by U.S. District Judge Richard W. Story to the prison terms, to be followed by three years supervised release. They were found guilty of the charges on April 10. U.S. Attorney Sally Quillian Yates said: “These defendants didn’t just talk about killing government officials and law enforcement officers, they purchased equipment, including a silencer and what they thought were explosive devices, to carry out their plans. Now they will spend five years in prison.” Yates and information …