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Tutor to low-income kids charged with forgery

Tutor to low-income kids charged with forgery

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- A tutor to low-income children has been charged with first-degree forgery and false statements by a Fulton County Grand Jury.

Domonique Scott was charged Nov. 26 with creating false assets and liabilities for her company, A Love of Learning Tutoring.

Court documents show Scott produced false balance sheets, statements of net income, a forged letter showing a non-existent cash line of credit and even a start date for her company.

The fake company was hired in January 2010 by the Georgia Department of Education's Supplemental Education Services program, which provides free tutoring and academic assistance to low-income families. A Love of Learning Tutoring helped children in Bibb, Clayton, DeKalb, Muscogee and Richmond counties, according to information presented in court.

Trio of robbery suspects at large

Trio of robbery suspects at large

ATLANTA -- Three men accused of robbing a pedestrian and a Kroger customer overnight are still on the run Tuesday morning.

Atlanta Police Capt. Todd Coyt said the incident began with the pedestrian robbery. Three men took items from the victim on Caroline Street and then ran. The victim was not injured.

About an hour later, the same three suspects robbed someone in the parking lot of a Kroger on Moreland Avenue, according to Coyt.

Police spotted the suspects driving a gold Lexus and followed them into DeKalb County. The suspects crashed their car into a mailbox on River Road and then ran into the nearby woods.

Coyt said one of the suspects pointed a weapon at a pursuing police officer, who fired back. No one was hit.

The suspects have not been identified.

Consultant pleads guilty in APS kickback scheme

Consultant pleads guilty in APS kickback scheme

ATLANTA -- A Kennesaw man has pleaded guilty to being part of a kickback scheme involving Atlanta Public Schools.

Mahendra Patel admitted in federal court that he conspired with APS chief information officer Jerome Oberlton to benefit from a certain firm receiving a $780,000 computer project from the school district.

"Patel subverted the fairness of the contracting process for his own benefit and ultimately undermined the trust taxpayers place in APS to provide high-quality educational services," U.S. Attorney Sally Quillian Yates said in a statement.

Oberlton pleaded not guilty in federal court in June. His trial date has not yet been set.

Atlanta Police to host crime awareness program

Atlanta Police to host crime awareness program

ATLANTA -- The Atlanta Police Department's COPS unit will hold a crime awareness program at the East Atlanta Library next week.

COPS stands for Community-Oriented Policing Section. Its goal is to educate citizens to help them be more aware of their surroundings and prevent as many crimes as possible.

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The program, called Street Smarts, will be Monday, Aug. 19 at 6 p.m. in the library's meeting room.

It is free and open to the public, but reservations are required. Call the library at 404-730-5438 to reserve a spot in the class.

A burglary that could not be prevented

A burglary that could not be prevented

ATLANTA -- Sometimes you can do everything possible to prevent yourself from being a victim of a crime and it still isn't enough.

That's the frustration an Atlanta man feels after his home was burglarized. He doesn't want to be identified but turned to 11Alive News to help him find out who broke into his Edgewood home on June 28.

"Yes, the police and the authorities have been notified and investigators are working on it but I still need some additional help," he told us.

He said he is frustrated that he was victimized after all the safety precautions he took to protect his home. He installed surveillance cameras, motion sensor lights, automatic interior lights and an alarm system.

"Everything that I was supposed to do I think I've done and that still wasn't a deterrent," he said.

New sketch released of East Atlanta murder suspect

New sketch released of East Atlanta murder suspect

ATLANTA -- Atlanta Police have released a new sketch of the suspect in two recent robberies along Kirkwood Avenue.

The sketch was made public Monday.

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Atlanta Police Sgt. Greg Lyon said the unidentified man may have committed two robberies, 10 minutes apart, on May 25.

The same man is also accused of fatally shooting 33-year-old Patrick Cotrona on May Avenue on the same night.

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Anyone with information in any of these cases is asked to call Crime Stoppers Atlanta at 404-577-TIPS. Tipsters may remain anonymous.

Ex-APS official faces kickback charges

Ex-APS official faces kickback charges

ATLANTA (AP) - A former chief information officer for Atlanta's school system accused of accepting bribes in exchange for his influence in awarding a technology contract has pleaded not guilty.

Jerome Oberlton entered his plea in federal court in Atlanta Tuesday. A federal grand jury handed down a seven-count indictment last week naming Oberlton and another man, Mahendra Patel, in the bribery scheme. Patel also pleaded not guilty.

The indictment says the two accepted $60,000 in kickbacks from an information technology company that won a contract worth more than $700,000 from the school district.

Oberlton served as chief information officer for Atlanta schools from 2004 to 2007. Oberlton joined the Dallas school district in January and was working as chief of staff. He resigned last week after informing the superintendent of the investigation.